Making chandeliers and unusual light fittings is my new favourite thing to do, after I was commissioned to make a pair of chandeliers for a customer. I just wish I had been making them when I was doing Featherstone Hall!
But what is a Torchere? the name come from the French for torch/light and is basically a tall, floor standing candelabra usually with several lights. They were first
introduced in France towards
the end of the 17th century made from gilded and sometimes ebonised wood. Most often they took the form of cherubs or ‘blackamoors’ (exotic figures from north africa) or occasionally mythical beasts, standing on ornate plinths holding the lights aloft. Later, with the development of European porcelain they came in china form – inspired by the chandeliers in the castles of Ludwig ll of Bavaria. He was the patron of the Meissen porcelain factory and was always looking for new and exciting ways of displaying the products of his factories.
This pair of Torchere figures has been designed and made exclusively by me, I create the the figure on the plinth, then add the electric lights and decorations, before hand painting and gilding. These are exclusive to me – and so can also be made to order in any colour and style.
This Torchere pair is inspired by the Meissen style, and is individually made, with each flower and leaf hand applied, painted and gilded. This pair are in pastel shades and feature a cherub on a Corinthian style plinth holding up a 3 arm electric light fitting (screw in candle bulbs) swathed in flowers.
They are painted in the same colours as the chandeliers currently in stock to create a matched set of lighting, wall lights can also be made to order.
There are pictures of other lights and chandeliers on the GALLERY, and if you would like to talk about a bespoke one please get in touch! I have also made smaller versions of these figures holding flower arrangements – see the gallery or Just finished section to take a look.
Measurements: 45mm wide x 130mm high x 45mm deep