Metamorphic Stand with Folding Steps
Unknown Maker
Southside Virginia
Circa 1830
14″ D x 20″ W x 34″ H


The incorporation of steps into this tall stand was almost certainly a singular adaptation by a cabinetmaker in rural Virginia and almost certainly intended as metamorphic library steps in an antebellum Virginia home. Such steps were often designed to be hidden when not in use and were folded into the top of an upholstered stool, chair or table. They were acquired from a southside Virginia estate although no comparable example has been found in MESDA’s files or elsewhere. The boldly turned legs and well shaped skirt suggest a circa date of 1840- 50.


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