Featuring a hexagonal main body, this antique wrought iron hanging lantern is from France, circa 1900. Each of the rectangular sides is topped by a pediment of fleur de lys with foliate detailing. One side has a functioning door, which would have been used to change filaments, as the sides originally had glass panes.
Near the top of each side is a volute scroll that forms the attachment point for the six arms, each wrapped in a curled leaf. The arms come together in a volute crown with a center eyelet for hanging purposes. In a similar fashion, additional volutes near the base trail down into a hanging noix that also serves as the collar for the lighting capital. A perfect source of illumination for a small area such as an entry hall, bathroom, or study, the lantern could also be paired with an antique lantern holder and placed outside near an exterior door.
CONDITION: Good antique condition with fleabites and minor indentations. One fleur de lys tip has been bent (see detail photos). The glass panes have been removed from the main body and the wiring has been severed. Oxidation, commensurate with age and exposure to the elements, has given the black finish a speckled brown patina.