Stands such as this example were popular furniture forms among the wealthy in 17th century Italy. Because they were lightweight, stands could be moved about as required to support candelabra, sculpture, and other decorative objects in the huge rooms and hallways that were typical of much domestic and public architecture of the period. Like many surviving examples believed to have been made in central Italy, this one features grotesque winged masks at top and bottom and stands on paw feet. The Reveses purchased this stand in Florence from Luigi Orselli, who believed it had been made in that city.
"Decorative Arts Highlights from the Wendy and Emery Reves Collection," page 44