Stands of this type may have been used to support bowls or dishes, or even vases.
A Longquan celadon stand of similar shape, and comparable size (16.5 cm. high), is illustrated by J. Ayers in Far Eastern Ceramics in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1980, pl. 130, where it is dated Yuan dynasty. One of smaller size (16 cm. high), in the British Museum, is illustrated by J. Harrison-Hall in Catalogue of Late Yuan and Ming Ceramics in the British Museum, London, 2001, pp. 494-95, where it is dated Ming dynasty, c. 1480-1580. Another, dated late 14th-early 15th century, is illustrated by R. Krahl in Chinese Ceramics in the Topkapi Saray Museum Istanbul, vol. I, London, 1986, p. 372, no. 542.