Rare old French wooden wine press & faucets CHANDELIER

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  • Item Category: Furniture & Furnishings
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Oct 30, 2007
  • Channel: Auction House

Genuine antiques and collectables from France to You. Giving a unique style to your classic, country, primitive or shabby chic rooms.

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Dimensions : 36.6" high x 24.8" in diameter

This old rustic French wooden chandelier is really unusual: and I do say «it's unique!». The maker loved really the world of wine because he chose to carve into the wood a miniature wine press with its wooden thread. And not only have we the wine press and the thread but the maker used 6 real old wooden barrel faucets too to put 6 lights!

And not only have we the body, the canopy and the faucets arms in wood, but we find wood in the sockets too! In the last pictures, you can see something special we find sometimes with the old French chandeliers: the small caps of the sockets, w the electrical wire goes back in the cap, are made in wood (probably in boxwood). I do not know if you will be able to use it in the USA, but it is so interesting and so special that I leave it with the chandelier. The body of the sockets is made in brass (written «laiton» in French).

A copper disc with a metal tip is put under the body of the wine press. It is used to tighten the assembly of the chandelier (see pictures). The thick wooden canopy has a hook inside to hang the chandelier on the ceiling (see pictures).

All the pieces are in wood, handcarved or turned. It has 6 arms, supporting 6 lampshades which seem to be made of sewed skin surrounded by colored pieces of braid on top and at the bottom. In fact, the lampshades are most recent; probably from the 70's and not made of sewed skin, but sewed thin plastic which looks like skin. If you want, it will be possible to change these lampshades.

The wiring is old but will be change easily because the chandelier can be dismantle without problem. Anyway, it is always recommended to update in accordance with your local electrical standards.

Beautiful dark brown patina on the wood. Due to age, the item presents some wears or cracks (see pictures) but it is of no consequence for solidity and security (it was used until this year).

This terrific chandelier comes from an area near Burgundy (homeland of very good French wines), w a lot of wine growers lived and worked until the 30's / 40's (today not one, unhappily; we only find barrels in the cellars of the old houses and vines growing on their walls).
By winning this chandelier, you are sure to give a unique style to your room and impress all your friends. And even if your friends do not like wine, they will say «Wow! W does it come from?!». I know that because some of my friends said it, even in France!

All things considered (the pattern, the making of the sockets, ...), this chandelier can be dated of the first half of the XXth century (probably 1930/1950).
Overall high: 36.6 inches
Overall in diameter: 24.8 inches
Body (wine press + thread): 16.7 inches
Wine press: 7.5 inches
Thread: 9.2 inches
Faucets: 7.9 inches long
Canopy: 5.1 inches in diameter and 1 inch thick
Chain: 11.2 inches long (can be shortened if required)
Lampshades: 4.5 inches high and 3.9/5.5 inches in diameter (top/bottom)

Weight: 10.58 pounds

With the last pictures, you will find some photographs showing examples of French wine presses and barrel faucets. You will immediately recognise the design of our «French Wine Press Chandelier».

Its solid and original wood design will give a special character to a classic, a country or a primitive room. A smart addition to any home, giving an unique decorative touch.

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