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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.
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.
Boston, Massachusetts, New England
28 1/8 x 24 1/4 x 24 1/4 (HxWxD) (inches)
Bequest of Harriet L. J. Croy
Massachusetts (United States)
Boston (Suffolk county, Massachusetts)