These stylish black marble stands (or pedestals) were designed in France in the 1920s, when the Art Deco style was all the rage. In a reaction against the linear, sinuous character of the Art Nouveau, the Art Deco was largely characterised by fragmented, geometric forms. The style was inspired by ancient art – including Egyptian and Aztec – as well as modern architecture, and designs for ships, trains and cars.
In their form, the stands might be described as modern and abstracted classical columns. They have been crafted from black marble with white veins (Nero Marquina). The stands feature stepped, slab-like capitals, which rest on tall, rectangular shafts. Each shaft is mounted with two-tiers of decorative, gilt bronze (ormolu) panels – the upper tier is a small rectangle, which contains a scrolled foliate relief form, and the lower features stylised foliage relief patterns. The stands are raised up on square plinths, which are decorated with foliate gilt bronze forms. Each plinth rests on four, block-like feet.
These stands can be used to display noteworthy works of fine or decorative art, or left unadorned and enjoyed as beautiful Art Deco pieces of design.