Orientalist Slave Torchiere from Rochelle Sepenuk Estate
Our extraordinary Orientalist figurative patinated bronze torchiere in life-side depicting a female slave comes from the firm of Lacarrière Frères & Delatours. Signed Lacarrière Freres & Delatours / Paris 1880.
This torchiere comes from the estate of Rochelle Sepenuk and was sold by Sotheby's in New York on October 21, 2008 for $53,125 in lot 1.
Condition is good. Once fitted for electricity and currently in need of new sockets and wiring. Back of the figure and based were drilled to accommodate wiring. There are scratches and nicks, and rubbing wear to the patina, particularly noticeable on the arms and shoulders of the figure, and scattered elsewhere throughout.
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The firm of Auguste Lacarrière sent exhibits to the the first International Exhibition in London in 1851. At that time they seem to have occupied two Paris addresses, 9 rue St Elizabeth and 55 rue Meslay, as well as having another outlet in Limoges. They are recorded as showing "specimens of lustres, sconces, chandeliers, medallions, etc..". By the 1862 Exhibition they were only recorded at the Sainte Elizabeth address and showed, "appareils à gaz de fonte, de zinc et de bronze." Nevertheless, their exhibit was highly praised and the business, now called A. Lacarrière, Père et Fils et Cie, received a medal for good design and fabrication.