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Stands

Thomas Sheraton wrote in his 1803 publication "Cabinetmaker's Directory" that the term stand "is applied to different small pieces of furniture; as a music stand, basin stand, table stand or a small pillar and claw table stand, and a tray stand." The same can be said today, with some notable additions. Some of the more desirable stands ever produced were candle stands, pedestal stands, and specialty pieces like plant stands.

Over the centuries, stands have captured the imaginations of leading furniture designers like English cabinetmaker and Royal designer Thomas Chippendale, who fashioned them in mid-Georgian, English Rococo, and Neoclassical styles. American furniture-making legend Duncan Phyfe brought quality period examples to members of the shipping and mercantile classes.

Whether they were built primarily for decorative purposes, like Roman-style pedestals, or for purely functional uses, like shaving stands, items in this category often tower well above their stature and function as focal points in the rooms they inhabit.


Quick Facts

  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art houses an American Shaker cherry candle stand considered to be one of the finest examples in existence today
  • In January 2016, an 18th century rosewood and string-inlaid sewing stand sold at Skinner for only $98
  • A Shaker-style stand by contemporary designer Richard Pettibone sold at Phillips in December 2010 for $5,625

Recommended Items at Auction

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$35011 Bids
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A 19th century mahogany three-tier revolving dumb-waiter. 59x119cm.
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MARIA PERGAY ( French / Russian Born 1930)
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MARIA PERGAY ( French / Russian Born 1930)
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A Vintage Pair Of Marbletop Boulle Pedestals
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A Vintage Pair Of Marbletop Boulle Pedestals
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Antique Empire Marble Top Gilt Brass Pedestal
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Est: $0- $0
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VINTAGE CLOTHES DRYING RACK
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VINTAGE CLOTHES DRYING RACK
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Est: AUD10- AUD40
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Antique English Carved Mahogany Duet Music Stand
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Antique English Carved Mahogany Duet Music Stand
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
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Neoclassical Style Stained Wood Pedestal, H: 35 in. (88.9 cm.)
Mar 05, 10:00 AM EST
Neoclassical Style Stained Wood Pedestal, H: 35 in. (88.9 cm.)
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Est: $20- $40
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Wire Record stand
Mar 05, 9:00 AM EST
Wire Record stand
by Wehrly's Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
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CUSTOM-MADE ONE-DRAWER STAND 20th Century Height 27". Width 17.5". Depth 17.5".
Mar 07, 9:30 AM EST
CUSTOM-MADE ONE-DRAWER STAND 20th Century Height 27". Width 17.5". Depth 17.5".
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Pair Of Dore Bronze & Green Marble Pedestals
Mar 09, 10:00 AM EST
Pair Of Dore Bronze & Green Marble Pedestals
by Premier Auction Galleries
Est: $500- $1,000
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CAST IRON PLANT STAND
Mar 07, 9:00 AM AEST
CAST IRON PLANT STAND
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
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Bird Cage with Stand, CUSTOMER MUST PICK UP
Mar 05, 9:00 AM EST
Bird Cage with Stand, CUSTOMER MUST PICK UP
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Est: $0- $0
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