"Empire torchères"

The Empire style of architecture, furniture, and other decorative arts is associated with the period when Napoleon I headed the First French Empire, which was established in 1804. The style remained popular in Europe until about 1830.

Today, torchères (sometimes torchieres or torchiers) is the term used for floor lamps on tall stands, often with bowl-shaped top sections which direct the light upwards. Originally, torchères were wooden or metal stands which supported a candle holder or candelabra (candlesticks which hold several candles).

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Elaborate torchères at the Palace of Versailles, France
Public DomainElaborate torchères at the Palace of Versailles, France - Credit: RyanMcK