20th century (wood core); 17th and 19th centuries (textiles)
American, United States (New York ?)
Silk; metal; wood
21 1/2 x 18 3/4 in AND 7 x 18 3/ 4 in (wooden stand 30 x 13 1/2 in)
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
Not on view
Such stands and portfolios originally became popular during the Victorian era for storing music sheets and oversize manuscripts. This type of decorative item could easily be moved within a collector’s residence, making artwork such as Old Master drawings readily accessible.
Catalogue entry from: Wolfram Koeppe. The Robert Lehman Collection. Decorative Arts, Vol. XV. Wolfram Koeppe, et al. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art in association with Princeton University Press, 2012, p. 281.