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Candle stand
  • Candle stand
  • Attributed to André-Charles Boulle (1642 - 1732)
  • France
  • c. 1700 - c. 1710
  • Walnut, steel, ebony, Boulle marquetry of turtleshell, tin, ebony and brass, ebony and gilt bronze
  • Height: 132 cm
    Width: 44.5 cm
    Diameter: 34 cm, top
  • F418
  • Billiard Room
Commentary
History
Further Reading
  • This candle stand ('guéridon' or 'torchère' in French) is one of a pair with F417 and is attributed to Andre-Charles Boulle (1642-1732). They combine elements from two different designs of candle stands shown as Plate 4 in Boulle's 'Nouveaux Desseins de Meubles et Ouvrages de Bronze et de Marqueterie', published after 1707, one entitled 'guéridon' and the other 'torchère pour une galérie'. Candle stands like these were probably made by the Boulle workshop over a considerable period;documentation concerning his workshop from 1715 and from 1720 shows that there were many such marquetry candle stands in stock.
    Typically in the most fashionable houses such candles stands were placed in the corners of a room or between windows; candelabra of several branches were placed on them so as to help illuminate the room.
    Similar candle stands survive in the Musée du Louvre and the J. Paul Getty Museum, and have appeared on the international art market.