I have a lot of vintage “loves”.….you know……the kind of things that when you see it, your heart starts beating fast……..almost a swoon. One of those swoon worthy items, that I’m always searching for, is French altar sticks!
French altar sticks are used in so many decor styles…..French, Farmhouse, and Traditional.
Reproductions of the old French altar sticks are easier to find than the antiques, but even those can carry a hefty price tag, so I get really excited when I find a pair of old ones at a good price…..though that doesn’t happen very often these days
These beautiful French altar sticks come in several different materials including heavy brass, bronze, and wood, and they can be very ornate or simple in design.
I think my favorite may be the ones made of carved wood painted in beautiful colors with gilding.
But I also have a weakness for those that carry the images of the Holy Family on the tripod base.
They can also be found in different sizes, some being large enough to stand on the floor, such as the pair that we have in our foyer.
We found these reproduction floor altar sticks at an antique market a couple of years ago. I almost didn’t buy them and I’m so glad that I did!
Light is a symbol of purity, so it’s only fitting that these altar candlesticks would be a symbol of the church, dating back to ancient times.
Today, they are used in homes and displayed on fireplace mantels, dining room tables, sideboards, entry hall tables…..in bedrooms, bathrooms, etc.
They are an accessory that works in so many homes and styles, and they bring instant beauty and history to a room.
Some of the oldest altar sticks date back to the 15th century. There are many churches in France that have beautiful altars where these candlesticks are still displayed and used today.
Whether you have just one or several, the altar stick presents itself as a true conversation piece for the home, and brings instant history to it.
Displaying a single altar candlestick or in multiples gives a wonderful texture and interest to any room.
An easy way to get this look without spending a fortune is to search for old candlestick lamps at thrift stores, flea markets, estate sales etc. They are easy to remove the electrical and paint them to replicate a french altar candlestick look.
I have three in our bedroom in varying sizes…..the taller ones are made from old salvaged lamp bases that I painted.
They look wonderful with moss balls sitting on top of each one, and they work perfectly for achieving the antique look.
I hope you are having a wonderful week!
Stay tuned for a giveaway on Friday! We are partnering with The Cottage Journal to giveaway three issues of their French magazine! You won’t want to miss that!