The superbly carved stand reflects the eclectic 'picturesque' style named by the St. Martin's Lane cabinet-maker, Thomas Chippendale, as 'Modern' in his Gentlemen and Cabinet-Maker's Director, 1754. No doubt its likely service as support for a costly brass-telescope accounts for its 'garden/park' embellishment, in keeping with tea-tables of fashionable garden-pavilions. A French-fashioned flowering trellis encircles the pillar's antique-tripod and vase-scrolled baluster, where ribbon-banded Roman foliage is accompanied by water-drips and bubbled scallops to evoke the ancient park grotto. In addition, Grecian palms enwrap the gothic-cusped flutes of its altar-hollowed capital and volute-scrolled 'claw'. The latter's bubble-embossed cartouches recall in particular Chippendale's enrichment of his celebrated 1753 'new-pattern' parlour-chair (ibid., pl. 12).