THis item is a FRENCH GILDED CHINESE MAN PAPER CLIP on a PAINTED CAST IRON BASE. It is rather unusual because as seen in the photos, the clip hold an item upwards rather than downwards like a menu or place card holder. The figure is a seated chinese ma3 1/4" in diameter. All is in excellent condition.n. The clip holds fast and firm. The round base is painted cast iron so the clip is weighty. It measures 4 1/2"H and the base is 3 1/4" in diameter. The clip is marked Depose' on the back.