Quite correct Ken, My sister collects these and they are indeed pedestal bases for fruit platters. I have bought some for her over the years, and look stunning when complete.
Some very nice examples to drool over here on Black-poppy site:http://www.black-poppy.co.uk/Walther_-_Centre_Pieces/index.htm
There is, I believe, a candlestick as well, but in order to balance the statue artistically, the candle holding area is over to one side.
I have only ever seen one correctly described one, but I would be very happy to be pointed in the right direction if I am wrong here.