This candle-stand called « Cellar-rat » by
the French, was a working tool used in all Burgundy wine cellars.
Its origin stems from far back in the past. In the year 1000
the monks of the Abbey of Cluny used it already and an antique
model can be seen in the Ochier Museum in Cluny.
The cellar taper-stand performed a double function: not only
it lightened the cellar, but also the color of the flame showed
an eventual evolving of gases when the wine was undergoing
a chemical transformation and warned workers of dangerous
conditions when the flame went out.
The shape of this item is very well designed: thanks to its
stable flat bottom, it can be readily and safely set upright
on any surface.
Its handle (the rat’s tail) provides an easy and reliable
grip and the hook permits to hang the stand on a nail in the
wall or on the edge of the oak casks.
The spiral ramp allows you to control the height of the flame
as the candle burns down by simply pushing the small tongue
upward or downward, so you can use the candle completely.
This item, which is completely hand made, is historic, useful
and a beautiful decorative piece.
The candles included with the stands are made from natural
wax and paraffin. They do not smoke or run and last approximately
7 hours for the small and 36 hours for the large model.
Small model: height 5.5 in., diameter 3.9 in., weight appox
Large model: height 7.9 in., diameter 4.7 in., weight 3.2
Prices include stand, candle, box & small booklet. Shipping
is not included
Small model price: 38 €
Large model price: 56 €
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