This is a 19th century French metal figure of a barefoot boy holding aloft a reticulated basket containing a blue glass insert. I purchased this piece in Paris some years ago and I was told the piece dates to circa 1870 or earlier. The piece is unsigned, no metal maker marks at all.
The figure is 7 ½" high and 2 ½" wide at the base.
I never attempted to polish the figure. I know next to nothing about metal, and I was told by a metal expert once to never polish old metal as buyers prefer to purchase with the patina on the metal. This piece is almost black due to the patina. Plus there is some white stuff on it and I believe that is part of the aging process too, cleanable, but there it is. I assume the metal is some type of pot metal or pewter or similar.
The blue glass insert is quite beautiful blue glass. It is capped with metal and there is some residue of some type under the metal. The glass has no chips, nicks or cracks.
I don't know if there is a function to the piece. The glass appears to be too wide to hold a candle, but then maybe it takes a wider type of candle, or maybe the intent is to hold flowers, or maybe there is no intent for the glass to hold anything.