Stand

DATE:
late 17th century
MATERIAL AND TECHNIQUE:
Pine, paint, gilding
CLASSIFICATION:
Furnishings
DIMENSIONS:
48 × 22 × 20 1/2 in. (121.92 × 55.88 × 52.07 cm)
DEPARTMENT:
Decorative Arts and Design
LOCATION:
Wendy and Emery Reves Collection - Entry, Level 3
CREDIT LINE:
Dallas Museum of Art, The Wendy and Emery Reves Collection
COPYRIGHT:
Image courtesy Dallas Museum of Art
OBJECT NUMBER:
1985.R.618

General Description

Stands such as this example were popular furniture forms among the wealthy in 17th-century Italy. Because they were lightweight, stands could be moved about as required to support candelabra, sculpture, and other three-dimensional decorative objects in the huge rooms and hallways that were typical of much domestic and public architecture of the Baroque period. Like many surviving examples believed to have been made in central Italy, this one features grotesque winged masks at top and bottom, pierced leafage, and authoritative C-scrolls above paw feet. The Reveses purchased this stand in Florence from Luigi Orselli, who believed it had been made in that city.

Adapted from

  • Dallas Museum of Art. The Wendy and Emery Reves Collection (Dallas, Texas: Dallas Museum of Art, 1985), 158.
  • Dallas Museum of Art. Decorative Arts Highlights from the Wendy and Emery Reves Collection. (Dallas, Texas: Dallas Museum of Art, 1995), 44.