Monumental 18th Century Painted Venetian Torchiere 77" tall x 31"tri-corner base.This fabulous torchiere is solid wood with a hand turned baluster shaped shaft set into a 3 sided wood base in a soft green/aqua finish trimmed in gold. The hand-painted design in a grisaille grey on all 3 sides of the base, is of the Papal Coat of Arms: featuring the papal tiara and crossed by the keys to the kingdom of heaven. The primary emblem of the Papacy is the two keys beneath a 3 tiered crown ( tiara). The triple crown (the Papal tiara) represents the pope's three functions as "supreme pastor", "supreme teacher" and "supreme priest". The crossed keys symbolize the keys of Simon Peter. In amazingly good condition considering it's age, there is split in the top of the base and 1 in the baluster shaft on 1 side. These happened long ago and do not alter the stability of this candle-stand . There is a scalloped pewter bobeche and pillar wax candle that are later editions. It is decorated on all sides indicating to me that it was free standing and not part of an Altar Piece. Perhaps it stood in a wealthy Venetian's home. This could be electrified into a light fixture.