Candle-burning torcheres were used for centuries before modern technology gave rise to new methods of lighting. This French wrought iron candelabra torchere from the turn of the century (circa 1900) was wired to provide electrical illumination (although the wiring has since been removed).
Seven large, saucer bobeches with cylindrical capitals have been arranged in a four tier light display. Each bobeche sits on an “L”-shaped arm that is affixed to a triangular frame surrounding a series of scrolls resembling a bouquet water fountain spray. The entire display sits on top of a twisted shaft adorned with a square knop in the middle. Beneath the column is a tripartite base with stepped legs. The iron has traces of oxidation, giving the black finish an orange-brown patina. Our wrought iron torchere candelabra would make a fantastic light source for a smaller area, such as an entryway, landing, or library. It could be wired with electricity or simply used as a true candle holder torchere.
CONDITION: Very good antique condition, with some oxidation and rubs. Not currently wired, but there are some remnants of the original wiring from France