Delicate, almost fragile in design and appearance, is this item from the American Wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City.
It was a purchase of the Roger Fund, 1925, and is of solid Mahogany. Quite likely the stand was placed beside a chair in the drawing room. The oval panel was used to misplay a lady's handiwork, such as embroidery or a piece of tapestry. The fold down shelf was for a candle for reading in the chair.
Workbench Magazine May-June 1965