Tripod stand

Little round monopodium or stand

about 1802

[Role] Thomas Hope, 1769–1831 English


Height and Diameter: 63.2 x 30.2 cm (24 7/8 x 11 7/8 in.)

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On View

Susan Morse Hilles Gallery (Gallery 152)





This monopodium, or tripod stand, whose top, through means of a slider and a screw, can be raised or lowered, corresponds precisely to a drawing and description in Thomas Hope’s Household Furniture and Interior Decoration (1807), which introduced the term “interior decoration” into the English language. Regency designers took inspiration from archeological sources from Greece and Rome, striving to reproduce antique forms of decoration and incorporating symbols, such as monopodia, from the ancient world.


Possibly by descent from Thomas Hope to his grandson, Lord Francis Hope Pelham-Clinton-Hope (b. 1866 - d. 1941), Dorking, Surrey; September 12-19, 1917, possibly in the Lord Pelham Clinton Hope sale, Humbert and Flint, London, lot 921. 2005, Galerie Steinitz, Paris. 2010, Horace Wood Brock, New York; 2010, gift of Horace Wood Brock to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 26, 2011).

Credit Line

Gift of Horace Wood Brock