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Torchère: C.6-2023

Object information

Current Location: In storage




Manufacturer: Coade and Sealy
Manufacturer: Coade, Eleanor
Manufacturer: Sealy, John
Designer: Hopper, Thomas




Torchère, coade stone (artificial stone), cast, the top depicting owls with wings outstretched; the stem with architectural motifs of revived gothic arches, the base with dragons with intertwining necks, their wings outspread, behind which are trapped smaller people and animals. Beneath are blank shields in decorative cartouches. Inscribed, '‘COADE & SEALY LAMBETH 1810’


History note: Supplied to George, Prince of Wales (later King George IV) for Carlton House, Pall Mall; removed to the Coffee Room at Windsor Castle in 1827; sold during the reign of King George V (1910-36); collection of Sir Robert Gordon Cooke MP, Athelhampton House, Dorset; sold Duke’s auctioneers, Athelhampton House – An Auction on the Premises, 19 October 2019, lot 102; bought Thomas Coulborn & Sons, from whom purchased by the Fitzwilliam Museum

Legal notes

Bought with the Granville Elliot Legacy Fund, 2023

Measurements and weight

Depth: 45 cm
Height: 210 cm
Width: 45 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Lambeth

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (2023) by Thomas Coulborn and Sons Granville Elliot Legacy Fund


19th Century
Production date: AD 1810


One of a set of ten commissioned for the Conservatory at Carlton House (also designed by Thomas Hopper). The torchères were originally fitted with black marble bases and brass lamps, each for six burners.

Materials used in production

Coade stone

Techniques used in production

Cast (process)

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: COADE & SEALY LAMBETH 1810
  • Location: Side of base
  • Type: Inscription

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.6-2023
Primary reference Number: 312628
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Audit data

Created: Tuesday 9 May 2023 Updated: Friday 12 January 2024 Last processed: Friday 12 January 2024

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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