Torchère

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An Italian torchère, decorated with carved Acanthus leaves and clawed feet, in the Walters Art Museum

A torchère (/tɔːrˈʃɛər/ tor-SHAIR; French: torchère [tɔʁ.ʃɛʁ]; also variously spelled "torchèr", "torchière", "torchièr", "torchiere" and "torchier" with various interpretative pronunciations), also known as a torch lamp or floor lamp, is a lamp with a tall stand of wood or metal. Originally, torchères were candelabra, usually with two or three lights. When it was first introduced in France towards the end of the 17th century the torchère mounted one candle only, and when the number was doubled or tripled the improvement was regarded almost as a revolution in the lighting of large rooms.[1]

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  1. ^  One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Torchère". Encyclopædia Britannica. Vol. 27 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 50.