Used throughout France in the 18th and 19th centuries for lighting in wine cellars, and also to check levels of fermenting gases. A beautiful, functional, and decorative statement piece in any home.
Commonly known as a “Rat de Cave”or Cellar Rat, these candlesticks were used to hold or hang in the darkened cellars, providing a duality of functions. The “rat’s tail” at the top could be used as a handle, or hooked onto casks in the cellar.
It features a stable, flat base of turned wood with a lovely grain. The candlestick is formed from a wrought iron spiral, in a cork screw pattern with aged patina. The spiral helps to control the candle flame height – as the flame burns, the small tongue lever can be brought up or down to raise or lower the candle.
This is in excellent original condition, and is a perfect fit for modern slim candles. In original condition, no two are identical, making this a unique historical object, and a talking point in your home. It would make a great housewarming gift, or a welcome addition to any wine connoisseur.