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    Sale 7540

    A House on the Wiltshire Downs

    6 March 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 56


    CIRCA 1820

    Price Realised  


    CIRCA 1820
    The circular stepped top on square supports joined by an undertier and stepped plinth
    36½ in. (93 cm.) high; 17 in. (43.5 cm.) diameter

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    This circular and plinth-supported stand with stretcher-tray for china evokes the antique altar-tripod and is executed in 'Grecian' black-figured rosewood. A pattern for one such French-fashioned stand, noted as serving for 'a candelabrum, or reading-lamp, and a receptacle for flowers' was illustrated in 1815 by Rudolph Ackermann in The Repository of Art. Intended to be executed in a 'variegated' wood, Ackermann advised that its 'character of simplicity...and the materials of which it is composed, render it suitable for the library or morning-room'.

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