The umbrella stand with galleried vase shelf and brass enrichments, has flowered and foliate enrichments reflecting the enthusiasm for 'Art botany' promoted by Christopher Dresser (d.1904), the self-styled ornamentist who contributed to Owen Jones's Grammar of Ornament,
1856 and whose numerous publications included Studies in Design, 1874-6; Principles of Decorative Design, 1873; and Modern Ornamentation, 1886.
This hall stand is closely related to that illustrated in the Trade catalogue of Messrs Smee & Cobey, who changed their name from W.A. & S. Smee in June 1888 so it is possible that this hall stand may have been manufactured by them or by the London firm of James Shoolbred & Co.
An almost identical hall stand was sold anonymously, in our King Street Salerooms, 9 March 2000, lot 1 (£4,600).