One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A tall ornamental flat-topped stand, traditionally used as a stand for a candlestick.
- ‘Creating more than 200 pieces of furniture for that house between 1934 and 1938, he indulged his passion for Greco-Roman design by incorporating sphinxes, dolphins, lions’ paw feet and Ionic columns in table bases, torchères and select pieces of furniture, nonetheless keeping the interior design simple and elegant.’
- ‘Five pieces on a stoneware base grace the table; another two stand atop the torchères.’
Early 20th century: French, from torche (see torch).
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