The Harewood House Chinese Export Carved Padouk Torchères
The Harewood House Chinese Export Carved Padouk Torchères
The Harewood House Chinese Export Carved Padouk Torchères
The Harewood House Chinese Export Carved Padouk Torchères

The Harewood House Chinese Export Carved Padouk Torchères

c. 1730 to 1760 Chinese Export

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A pair of carved padouk torchères, each with a circular slightly dished top on a spiral turned shaft with facetted and fluted base supported by pierced foliate brackets on a tripod base with pad feet, one with metal bracket to plinth, each labelled 'HHTF:1997.212'.

While a number of forms of furniture are well known to have been produced in Canton for export to the West, the instance of a pair of carved wood torchères is extremely rare – and possibly unique. It is also very interesting to note that while their concept clearly owes a debt to their English equivalent, they demonstrate a very Chinese personality in their ornament. The spiral-carved stem is inspired by English turned decoration but is actually hand-carved and quite different in effect. The stem is supported by scroll pierced brackets which sit upon an inscribed platform above the cabriole legs which simultaneously demonstrate their Western origins and Eastern workmanship.

The Hon. Edward 'Beau' Lascelles was the first son of Edward Lascelles, 1st Earl of Harewood. His great interest in rare and unusual furnishings was noted at the time by Thomas Raikes (1777-1848) in his celebrated journal: ‘His house though not large, was a museum of curiosities selected with great taste and judgement ... His life was luxurious but short, as he died at the age of fifty’.
Almost certainly acquired by The Hon. Edward 'Beau' Lascelles (1764-1814) either for Harewood House, Hanover Square, London, or for Harewood House, Yorkshire, and thence by descent.
The Property of the Late 7th Earl of Harewood, K.B.E.
'Pontypool And Usk Japanned Wares – With The Early History Of The Iron And Tinplate Industries At Pontypool', W.D. John, Read Books, 2000
Dimensions
Height 94.00 cm (37.01 inches)
Width 45.00 cm (17.72 inches)
Stock Code
6044
Medium
carved padouk
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