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. It has the original “rat’s tail” at the top of the candlestick.
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.