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These finely proportioned torcheres reflect the work of the pre-eminent designer Thomas Hope in the early nineteenth century. Hope was greatly influenced by his extensive Grand Tour travels across Europe as well as Greece, Turkey, and Egypt. His Duchess Street home became the showcase for Hope’s vision of antiquity across the different cultures, including Egyptian, Greek, Roman, and Indian elements. Hope officially opened his home in 1802 to visitors, and the Prince of Wales made an appearance at the grand opening. Duchess Street became an attraction for the discerning connoisseur and many notable figures travelled to see Hope’s interiors, including the artist Benjamin West, who proclaimed that it was ‘the finest specimen of true taste... either in England or in France.’
Hope went on to publish his designs in 1807 with full measurements as a way to encourage accurate imitation of his work rather than the lesser imitations that were being produced by his contemporaries. This publication, Household Furniture and Interior Decoration, was notable for the manner in which it displayed the furniture designs. The designs are represented in outline only which eliminates any sense of depth, shadow, or stylistic contrasts. Hope’s decision to depict his designs in this way reflects his fundamental allegiance to Neo-classical design and recalls John Flaxman’s recent illustrations for Dante in 1793.
Whilst no direct pattern can yet be found for these in their entirety, almost every element is illustrated in Hope’s book of designs. For example, the distinctive winged monopedic sphinx is taken from plate XIX, ill. 7, whilst the fluted and leaf wrapped shaft issuing from lotus leaves bears similarities to plate L, ill. 2. These torcheres also relate to the work of Hope’s contemporary, George Smith, particularly in the concave triangular pedestal base as featured in an 1808 design (Pictorial Dictionary of British Nineteenth Century Furniture, p 553).
|Height||64.60 inch||(164.08 cm)|
|Width||25.60 inch||(65.02 cm)|