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Torchere in the form of a footman, holding a torch
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Torchere in the form of a footman, holding a torch

Circa 1730-50

Austria or Southern Germany 18th century (1700 - 1799)

Height: 140 cm (circa);

Acquisition (source, method, date)
Lee of Fareham, Arthur Hamilton (1st Viscount); bequest; 1947

About this work
These carved wooden footmen, dressed in livery and holding torches, were designed to illuminate a doorway. This use of carved figures is commonly associated with Venice, but these footmen display the type of playful charm often seen in the Baroque art and architecture of Austria and Southern Germany. Much of the original colour is lost and the gilding is perhaps modern. (Permanent collection label)

This work is not on display
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Copyright: © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London

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