Folding Stand

Date: 1790 - 1800

Small, three-legged tables (or stands) with tops that tilt up for storage commonly appeared in bedchambers in inventories and images of nicely appointed American houses in the late 1700s and early 1800s. The elegant but spindly presence of this stand suggests a key element of its purpose, which was to be easily moved about the room. Small tables of this type are often called candlestands, referring to one of the items they most commonly supported. However, people also used such tables to hold small meals, books, and other bedroom miscellany.

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Medium: Satinwood, mahogany, and exotic lightwood inlays

Dimensions: H: 42 3/4 x W: 23 3/4 x D: 17 in.

Place: Boston, Massachusetts (possibly England)

Accession: 1114

Collection: Julian Wood Glass Jr. Collection

Category: Furniture - American

Tags: Satinwood , Mahogany , Boston

Purchased September 14, 1987 from Israel Sack.