This fantastic figural chandelier is known in Germany as a Lustermannchen. The oldest examples on record date to the early 1400’s, and were only made in Southern Germany. The combination of a carved wooden statue and large antlers made the perfect decoration for lodges and castles for hundreds of years. A majority of these were Lusterweibchen, “luster” meaning light, and “weibchen” meaning woman. The statues portrayed noble women, mermaids, and sometimes mythical creatures. A simple cartouche or coat of arms plaque often adorned the underneath part of the chandelier. The more unusual of this overall type of chandelier depicted a male, such as the one you see here. These are called Lustermannchen.
Our example dates to the 1700’s and depicts a youthful figure with curly hair, wearing cream colored robes with gilt highlights. The shaped and incurved coat of arms is painted in the same cream color, with a gold border and heraldic bend sinister. He is flanked by two large antlers, and hangs by 3 decorative iron rods (added later). We have it re-wired for American use, and it is supplied with a black chain and canopy. This is one of the more unusual antique German chandeliers of this type, and it will bring a magical touch to any room needing a unique lighting piece.
The height of the chandelier from the base to the canopy is 47.5 inches. The 31 inch height measurement is from the base to the ring holding the iron rods.
CONDITION: Good overall condition. Commensurate with age being in the 1700’s: chips and abrasions to paint and wood of bust, two finger tips missing on left hand. Recently wired and ready for installation.