Chinese Chippendale style kettle urn stand

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Chinese Chippendale style kettle urn stand


'Chinese' Chippendale style kettle / urn stand. Part 18th century.

Height: 25″
Width: 14″ square
Ca.: Ca 1770 & later

SKU: BHA 925 Category: Tags: , , , ,


The square top of this ‘Chinese’ Chippendale style kettle / urn stand is bordered with a simple beaded edge.

The frieze finely carved with open fretwork. The angles similarly set with open fretwork.

Raised on channeled open-fret square legs terminating in block feet, formerly with castors.

Useful as a sophisticated small side/ lamp/ occasional table.

These antique urn tables, being very fragile, are rare survivors.

They were used to support a samovar, urn or kettle in the elaborate preparation of tea (which was hugely expensive at the time). Often made with a pull-out small slide to hold a drinking cup. The consumption of tea by eighteenth century wealthy society gave rise to these rare, delicate and costly purpose-made tables, much sought after by collectors today. Accompanying the kettle stand would have been an expensive, lockable tea caddy.

Literature: “Tea and the Tea Table in 18th century England” e:

FINE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY FURNITURE AND WORKS OF ART, Norman Adams Collection (British Antiques, Catalogue C. Claxton Stevens, Stewart Whittington.)

Norman Adams was one of the finest dealers in the world of English furniture and specialized, amongst many exquisite things, in Chippendale kettle/urn tables.

Ralph Edwards illustrates a similar ‘Mahogany Urn Stand carved with frets’ ca. 1755 on p. 492 of his ‘Shorter Dictionary of English Furniture’. “These stands appear to have gone out of fashion by ca. 1800, their place being taken by small occasional tables”.


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