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.

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