Illustrated FURNITURE Glossary


Fairmount Park Woodford House, Philadelphia

Though commonly referred to as candlestands today, little pedestal-base tables held plates or cups as often as candles.

Such stands, including tilt-top tables, first introduced in 17th-century America, were made throughout the 18th century and early 19th century in all major styles. Simple stands and small tables were particularly popular in rural interiors from the William and Mary period through Shaker times and later, Federal-era examples, with delicately turned pedestals usually set on tripod bases, vary greatly in height and the size of tops, indicating they were intended for various uses.

Tea tables sometimes had candle slides (Reproduction Queen Anne tea table - Kittinger Furniture Company, Inc.)


Victorian stands, sometimes serving as pedestals (supports for display pieces), were made in a a large variety of designs and styles.

Mission and Arts & Crafts

At the beginning of the Twentieth century, Mission-style and Arts and Crafts designers favored small rectangular stands suitable for holding houseplants, among other uses.

Photos and their arrangement © 2005 Chuck LaChiusa
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