This parcel paint wooden floor torcheres from Italy date to the 1600’s and they stand 7 feet tall. In person, they are very impressive and you immediately sense these were placed in a large and important space in their history. They have chips, losses and missing paint throughout, but they have stood the test of time and are truly grand in their state of imperfection. The layers of paint and gesso are shown down to the raw wood in areas. You can see the first layer of red bole for the gilding, over the bare wood. On top of this is a charcoal color combined with bits of silver and gold leaf on top. However, the most prevalent color is the antique white paint.
Their graceful and flowing ornamentation starts at the top with a double layer of acanthus leaves. Six acanthus leaf arms in an S-Scroll shape extend out from an acanthus leaf covered bowl (these rotate and are adjustable). The decorated columns have more acanthus leaf motifs with shells on three sides. All of this rests upon beautifully decorated, stepped out, tripod panels with a margent of acanthus leaves and single flowers at the center. Three C-Scroll moldings separate each panel. Three flattened bun feet are beneath each torchere. These phenomenal Italian torcheres from the 1600’s will be the focal point of any room. Each torchere will dismount into 3 sections for easier transporting.
CONDITION: Losses of motifs, wood, and finish as seen in photos, commensurate with age
H=84 inches, Base Width=29, Candle Arm Width=35 1/2
Imposing Pair of Parcel Paint 17th Century Italian Wooden Floor Torcheres