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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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Wrought metal baker's stand with brass finials (191 x 100 x 28cm)
May 30, 10:00 AM AEST
Wrought metal baker's stand with brass finials (191 x 100 x 28cm)
by Lawsons
Est: AUD300- AUD500
AUD19011 Bids
A white marble twisted column pedestal, Height 103cm, Diameter 26cm
Jun 02, 5:00 PM AEST
A white marble twisted column pedestal, Height 103cm, Diameter 26cm
by Lawsons
Est: AUD80- AUD120
AUD1207 Bids
Aesthetic Movement Carved Oak Pedestal
Jun 05, 11:00 AM EDT
Aesthetic Movement Carved Oak Pedestal
by Auctions at Showplace
Est: $300- $500
$1004 Bids
Folding Clothes Rack on Wheels with Extendable Armatures
May 29, 11:00 AM AEST
Folding Clothes Rack on Wheels with Extendable Armatures
by Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: AUD40- AUD60
AUD704 Bids
Marble jardiniere stand on turned base (75 x 25cm)
May 30, 10:00 AM AEST
Marble jardiniere stand on turned base (75 x 25cm)
by Lawsons
Est: AUD100- AUD150
AUD354 Bids
French Onyx and Champleve Enamel Pedestal
May 30, 12:00 PM EDT
French Onyx and Champleve Enamel Pedestal
by Cottone Auctions
Est: $800- $1,200
$4253 Bids
Whimsy Smoking Stand
Jun 06, 10:00 AM EDT
Whimsy Smoking Stand
by New England Auctions
Est: $150- $250
$253 Bids
VINTAGE MAPLE MAGAZINE STAND
May 27, 11:00 AM EDT
VINTAGE MAPLE MAGAZINE STAND
by Lakelands Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$253 Bids
A gilt wooden altar stand carved and gilt with floral vine scrolls
Jun 01, 12:30 PM ICT
A gilt wooden altar stand carved and gilt with floral vine scrolls
by RCB Auctions
Est: ฿8,000- ฿12,000
฿5,0003 Bids
MAHOGANY 8- DRAWER JEWELRY STAND
May 27, 11:00 AM EDT
MAHOGANY 8- DRAWER JEWELRY STAND
by Lakelands Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$253 Bids
Mahogany jardinière stand with barley twist supports (102 x 44cm)
May 30, 10:00 AM AEST
Mahogany jardinière stand with barley twist supports (102 x 44cm)
by Lawsons
Est: AUD80- AUD120
AUD253 Bids
COLONNE SELETTE
May 29, 2:00 PM CEST
COLONNE SELETTE
by Accademia Fine Art
Est: €100- €200
€603 Bids
Brass umbrella form stick stand (74cm)
May 30, 10:00 AM AEST
Brass umbrella form stick stand (74cm)
by Lawsons
Est: AUD80- AUD120
AUD253 Bids
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Plant stand
May 30, 10:00 AM EDT
Plant stand
by Barry S. Slosberg Inc
Est: $25- $35
$352 Bids
OPINION CIATTI ETAGÈRE DESIGN " PTOLOMEO WALL "
May 29, 2:00 PM CEST
OPINION CIATTI ETAGÈRE DESIGN " PTOLOMEO WALL "
by Accademia Fine Art
Est: €250- €500
€102 Bids
Antique Victorian Marble Statue Pedestal Stand
May 31, 1:00 PM EDT
Antique Victorian Marble Statue Pedestal Stand
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$502 Bids
Early Painted Tapered Leg Stand With Drawer
Jun 22, 6:30 PM EDT
Early Painted Tapered Leg Stand With Drawer
by Gary R. Wallace Auctioneers Inc.
Est: $0- $0
$302 Bids
A Pair of English Chippendale-Style Nightstands
Jun 09, 9:00 AM PDT
A Pair of English Chippendale-Style Nightstands
by Abell Auction
Est: $600- $800
$3502 Bids
Edwardian pine washstand with marble top and tiled back (100 x 91 x 45cm)
May 30, 10:00 AM AEST
Edwardian pine washstand with marble top and tiled back (100 x 91 x 45cm)
by Lawsons
Est: AUD180- AUD240
AUD252 Bids
Arts and Crafts oak pedestal pot stand, early 20th century
Jun 02, 11:30 AM AEST
Arts and Crafts oak pedestal pot stand, early 20th century
by Because Auctions
Est: AUD80- AUD120
AUD702 Bids
Vintage canvas hat stand on timber base (38cm)
May 30, 10:00 AM AEST
Vintage canvas hat stand on timber base (38cm)
by Lawsons
Est: AUD80- AUD120
AUD202 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Stands


DOYLE Auctioneers & Appraisers

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Austin Auction Gallery

Austin Auction Gallery

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Auctions at Showplace

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