Originally the sculpture portion of a 19th century German chandelier, our carved wooden figure is known as a lüsterweibchen (German for “little woman chandelier”). These type of chandeliers first appeared in the 14th century and typically had a carved woman (the male version is a lüstermännchen) surrounded by an antler spread. Bobeche cups for candles were affixed to the antlers to present a unique lighting source. In more modern times, the cups were replaced by electrical sockets for light bulbs.
This lovely figure was hand-carved in the 1800’s with incredible details. Notice the plunging neckline that is adorned with intricate foliate rinceaux beneath a beaded necklace. Also, the folds of the dress as they gather beneath the laced corset and the ruffles of the angel sleeves, both carved with a sense of realism. Underneath the woman is a scrolled shield that would have been visible when looking up at the chandelier. Our 19th century carved lüsterweibchen would make a fantastic decorative accessory or wall sculpture.
CONDITION: Good antique condition with acceptable losses, specifically to the fingers. The figure has a lovely patina that enhances the carvings. Originally the decorative center of a lüsterweibchen chandelier (see final detail photo for an intact example of a lusterweibchen).