Remarkable “Birdcage” Candle Lantern
One of my favorite
lighting pieces EVER.
Northeast, ca. early 19th century.
A form I have never seen, made by a master tinsmith, with molded curved tin straps forming the outer shell supporting a conical extension for a ring hanger. The crimped bobeche and candle cup are elevated on a pedestal, with access by a hinged door. Fine condition with rich patina and expected bumps and bends.
Eye-grabbing scale of about 16 inches diameter x 19 to the top of the hanger. MAY BE HUNG OR RESTED ON A FLAT SURFACE, yet it looks especially cool when hung. When lit the candle casts a dramatic light shadow. Provenance: private historic New England collection.