Paint Decorated
Taper-Leg Stand

New England, probably Maine, ca. early 19th century.

Original sponged paint decoration on pine. Consistent with light and airy Federal (Hepplewhite) design, this stand is highlighted by long tapered legs accentuated by a thin apron and drawer, and a very thin slightly overhanging top. The whole with a yellow paint ground, enhanced with sponging on the top, the drawer and front legs accented by olive and black line decoration. The brass pull appears original. Feather lightweight. Excellent structural condition with minor expected paint wear.

A leggy 28 inches tall by 18 ½ wide by 15 deep. See AMERICAN FANCY, Sumpter Priddy, for a brilliant discussion of the use of colorful paint decoration in early America.