An important part of the Mid-Eighteenth Century 'tea equipage' was a tray-rimmed stand for a tea kettle and heater lamp, with a concealed 'tea-pot' slide fitted in the side.
They were called 'Tea Kettle Stands' in Ince and Mayhew, The Universal System of Household Furniture, l762, (pl. XlV) and 'Urn Stands' in Messrs. A. Hepplewhite & Co. 'The Cabinet-Maker and Upholsterer's Guide, l788 (pls. 55 and 56).
This herm-legged stand enriched with antique flutes reflects the George III Roman fashion promoted by the court architects Sir William Chambers and Robert Adam. A related slide-fitted stand was supplied to Robert Child (d. l782) of Osterley Park, Middlesex and its fluted and hermed legs corresponded to those of those of a pair of gilt-wood pier-tables designed by Adam in l777 and probably supplied for the Breakfast Room at Osterley, by John Linnell, the cabinet-maker of Berkeley Square (R. Edwards The Shorter Dictionary of English Furniture, London, 1964, p. 493, fig. 7; and M. Tomlin, Catalogue of Adam Period Furniture', London, l982, pp. 86 and 87).