Candlestand

Collection Type

  • Furniture

GUSN

GUSN-171602

Description

Tilt-top candlestand. Mahogany with birch cleats and block. Square top with serpentine edges. Plain vase and ring-turned pillar rests on tripod base terminating in three cabriole legs with scalloped lower edges terminating in plain snake feet.

Details

Descriptive Terms

candlestands (furniture)
mahogany (wood)
birch (wood)
Chippendale
Candlestand

Label

Small versions of tilt top tables, tilt top stands like this one, were popular in the eighteenth century. Referred to as “stands” or “folding stands' in the period, these appear in surviving documents with increasing frequency in the last thirty years of the century. Today, they are commonly referred to as candlestands, but in fact they served multiple functions and could be used for reading and writing, or as extra tables for tea. Many tilt top tables and stands had an iron brace reinforcing the legs where they join the pillar. This example never had one.

Additional Identification Number

1954.51A

Maker

Unknown

Location of Origin

Boston, Massachusetts, New England

Dimensions

28 1/8 x 24 1/4 x 24 1/4 (HxWxD) (inches)

Credit Line

Bequest of Harriet L. J. Croy

Accession Number

1954.51.1

Places

Massachusetts (United States)
Boston (Suffolk county, Massachusetts)