Mermaids are a rare feature in Regency carving, and may be a unique feature for wall lights. The carving retains most of the original gilding. The brass nozzles and drip pans are of later date.
A pair of torchères carved as a mermaid and a merman were sold by Clifford Wright Antiques Ltd. in the 1980s.
A related drawing by John Linnell depicts a mermaid as an end support for a settee in the State Drawing Room at Kedleston Hall, Derbyshire.
Literature: Clifford Musgrave, Adam and Hepplewhite and Other Neo-Classical Furniture, 1966, pl. 32.
The Earls of Lyndsey, Uffington House, Lincolnshire, England.
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