H: 32.5 in / 82 cm | W: 16 in / 39 cm | D: 16.5 in / 40 cmDescription
Of rectangular form, the carved and beaded moulded edge with zinc lined interior and a later removable lead liner, the front carved with a C-scroll and acanthus leaf carved inlet with further acanthus carving below, above a small slide, the sides with brass carrying handles above a shell and leaf carved apron and foliate carved cabriole legs with scroll feet. Circa 1870.Literature
Tea kettle stands of this form can be found in William Ince and John Mayhew’s Univeral System, 1759-1763, plate XIV. These stands effectively protected the flame from the draught and were usually lined with metal.
See P Macquoid, The Age of Mahogany, figure 663, which illustrates a kettle stand from the Percy Dean Collection, (subsequently sold Sotheby’s, 5th May 1989, lot 59), which is of similar form and “has an opening for the spout of the kettle and a slide beneath, from its large size, this piece was most likely used in connection with hot drinks, such as punch, bishop, negus and other such beverages conductive to the gout of Georgian times”.