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1. An indirect floor lamp which sends all or nearly all of its light upward.
2. An ornamental support for a flambeau or other source of light.
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GEMS Warkworth Sands by James Whitelaw Hamilton and right, a Blackamoor torchere
000 familles, qui va jusqu'a la raffinerie de Sidi R'zine et ses torcheres, ouvrira la voie a la realisation de la grande deviation routiere, un immense pont, qui fera la jonction entre oued Ouchayeh et l'autoroute Est-Ouest (vers Oran et Constantine) au niveau de la commune de Baraki.
An unparalleled suite of tables, torcheres and gueridons, produced over the course of 15 years in a joint venture between Parisian silversmiths and the Gobelins manufactory, was turned into currency to support the War of the League of Augsburg (1688-97).
LaPlaya's award winning restaurant, BALEENnaples features a whimsical monkey motif lending a lighthearted air to its candlelit elegance with mirrored banquettes and monkeys climbing plaster torcheres, set amidst oak-paneled walls, white-linen tablecloths and mahogany furnishings.
Highlights include an Italian bronze bust of Dionysus (inset, pounds 20,000-pounds 30,000) and a stunning pair of Regency bronze and ormolu three-light torcheres (pounds 30,000-pounds 50,000).
The section also includes an impressive pair of giltwood figural torcheres in the 17th-century Italian baroque style, each with a glass globe supported by a putto entwined in the tail of a dolphin (estimate pounds 1,200 to pounds 1,800).
Frankly, I've always fancied the gilt neoclassical torcheres which once graced the Danish court interiors in Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet and what party guest would ever forget drinking a good wine from the Pompeiian goblets used in Gladiator?
Aalto and his wife Elissa designed every detail, including a buffet table that echoes the profile of the reception room, suspended light fittings, torcheres that cast a soft glow, and moulded door handles.
Her detailed analyses of this ensemble and the superb later silver and silver-gilt reliquaries, mass-cards, monumental torcheres, and other furnishings made in Rome (1744-49) for the chapel demonstrate that these masterpieces of silver, which partly recall the genius of Bernini's earlier designs, justly serve as the culmination of a 150-year Roman tradition incontrovertibly linking the major and minor arts.
On each of the steps leading up to the throne stood great silver torcheres, or candelabra, nine feet tall to imitate the lofty suppathon used in Siam as symbols of state.
Les torcheres de la raffinerie dressees sur le flanc des cotes de Skikda semblent avoir du mal a se fondre dans le decor.
The torcheres were later in the London sale of items from 7 Carlton House Terrace belonging to the 12th Earl of Pembroke--at the Christie's sale of 5-12 May 1851 as lot 247--selling to Lord Normanton, a major figure in the 19th-century history of collecting.