Well, in fact I bought this one for myself and for my home, but we haven't yet hung it or put it to use and so we're going to put it in shop and let you designers go after it. This is an early 1800s hand carved figural candle holder - chandelier. Pre-electric, these were hung from the ceiling as you see her, and then candles in holders that had hooks & chain would be hung from it - more for an area where more light was needed, or just a few for lower light. Then those removable candlestands were lifted off and taken as a 'go to bed' light at evening's end. Now they are often wired and fitted with electric lights and are coveted for Aspen, Ski Lodge and French Country homes and decor all over the world, as well as cabins and, well, my kitchen if I ever get around to it. Fabulous, isn't she! These come in both male and female figural carvings, but I've seen many more with men than women so loved this one in particular. She has glass eyes and folds her hands across her abdomen, resting them just above a carved crest upon which one might have carved a name or date. Often these were used in 'pubs' for lack of a better word, or beer halls, so the plaque might be painted with the name of the establishment. Often fully painted over the wood, too, which I don't like as well as the bare old wood you see here. Fabulous, is she not?
Very good to excellent. I do think the antlers, which are elk, are later replacements to the piece. Though in fact I'm not positive of it. She's nearly 16" and with this set of antlers from which to hang candlesticks, or lamps, she is 25" long. One can certainly mount a longer or bigger pair of antlers to increase the size of the chandelier. Get to her before I remodel my kitchen, or she'll be gone, gone, gone. And yes, we can dismantle her for ease in shipping (and saves shipping costs, too), because she's easy to put back together.
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