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Music Stand

Place Made:
Savannah Georgia United States of America
Date Made:
1810-1820
Medium:
mahogany –yellow pine
Dimensions:
HOA: 50; WOA; 18; DOA: 16 1/2
Accession Number:
2475
Description:
DESCRIPTION: Music stand on shelves with square base with lid opening into small flat compartment. Front has tapering, reeded legs terminating in turned feet and at rear tapering legs extending upward with four sections of turnings topped with urn shaped finials and with similar posts mounted about half-way back of lower base. Posts supporting three thin shelves slipped in from rear top with molded frame and supporting ratcheted lift-up for music. Candle pulls at each end. Legs have relief fluting. Vase turned stiles.

STYLE: Such stands are usually thought to be English, but this example with a hollow pine compartment at the bottom was purchased from a Savannah home with long ownership history. A similar “dumb-waiter” stand is in Telfair Academy of Savannah and has a drawer liner of poplar, also indicating American origin. The decoration of horizontal lines at the front leg tops is unusual and may prove to be a trademark by which we identify piece more strongly with Savannah.

Credit Line:
Gift of Frank L. Horton