It is difficult to determine what the present stand would have displayed, but the shape relates it to two sets of display stands that support dark green jade carvings inlaid in gold and semi-precious stones raised on related octagonal galleried bases of sandalwood, jade and silver inlay, suggesting that this stand would have supported a vertical object. One is a set of seven dark green jade, gold and inlaid semi-precious stone carvings of the Seven Royal Treasures (golden wheel, horse, elephant, loyal general, able minister, woman, divine pearls) while the second group, also in jade and inlaid with gold and semi-precious stones, depicts the Eight Auspicious Symbols, illustrated by E. Rawski and J. Rawson, China: The Three Emperors, 1662-1795, Royal Academy of Arts, London, 2005, p. 140, pls. 45 and 46.
It is interesting that the same method of display was selected for two unrelated themes and suggests that stands were created to directly compliment the material. The present cloisonné example would most likely have been associated with a cloisonné work with similar fine workmanship, bright gilding, and vibrant enamels.