This is a very special French Arts & Crafts pewter umbrella stand signed by artist A. Villien. The stand has a scalloped top with floral medallions on the top, a weighted bottom and walnut motif at the base. The stand is 25" high by 6 1/2" wide at the top. There is water staining corrosion at the base. Some of the pewter is splitting at the medallions. It has some dents and patina from many years of usage as an umbrella stand. I have used it as such for over thirty years. I bought this piece out of a French Chateau in the 1980's and have owned it since then. It is a beautiful work of art.
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