Based on the 19th-century folklore of the lost fisherman of St. Malo, France, this highly carved wooden chandelier also incorporates maritime legends with inscribed boats and life preservers. Hand-carved in the early 1900s in Brittany (Saint-Malo is a historical port located within the region), the charming and unusual chandelier consists of five light outlets seamlessly incorporated into light sources associated with sea life.
Beneath a canopy comprised of an eight-spoke boat wheel is a representation of the Lighthouse of the Grand Jardin in Saint-Malo. The tapering structure is adorned with paneled sides and topped by a single light bulb. Three chains run from the canopy to iron anchors affixed to beams that extend from the base of the lighthouse. The anchors are separated by well-done carvings of fishermen clad in trawler oilskins and bucket mariner’s caps holding a lantern held out over the ship’s bow (each lantern is a light sconce). Each boat is inscribed with the name of a Saint-Malo captain (René Duguay-Trouin, Robert Surcouf, and Jacques Cartier), with a second inscription on the life preserver beneath each boat. At the base of the chandelier is a stylized lantern noix with a fifth illumination source. A fascinating chandelier based on history and folklore legends, our sailors of St. Malo chandelier can be used to illuminate a small room such as a bathroom, office, or poolhouse cabana.
CONDITION: Very good antique condition with minor nicks and rubs. Professionally wired for use in American homes.