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Furniture, Library, Bookstand, Table Top, Adjustable, Fretwork, Late 19th Century (Sold)

Bookstand
American or English: Late 19th Century
Mahogany or other stained hardwood
11.5 inches height, 14 inches width, 12 inches depth

SOLD, but please inquire as to other table bookstands that we have in stock.

A tabletop adjustable antique bookstand for the display or reading of a book. Of typical form, having a rectangular backrest with elaborate open fretwork design in the Mannerist taste, with a curved support at the lower edge, opening and closing on a hinged lower platform, with four turned feet. The bookstand can be adjusted to different angles with a ratchet mechanism on the lower platform. It can be closed at the hinge when not in use for storage or transport. A cross motif subtly incorporated in the the upper center of the fretwork design suggests that this bookstand was originally intended as a bible stand.

Condition: Generally very good with the usual overall light wear and handling. Formerly with brass stops in the lower edge.

Additional information

Century

19th Century