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Posted 5 months ago


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Hi all,
Thanks to some excellent detective work (by Walksoftly:) this is an Indian (or possibly African) tripod table.
Its carved from one piece of wood of 3 interlocking legs ending in mongoose heads. Its very clever how it squashes together & has two seperate heights it can sit at.
Not sure of its age, probably 50s-80s ball park, Big ball park!
Thank you

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  1. walksoftly walksoftly, 5 months ago
    Indian Mongoose interlocking folding wooden tripod
  2. walksoftly walksoftly, 5 months ago
    You're welcome VF, glad to help, but can't tell you any more than that.
    Got lucky on that search, as the only animal that I could think of that would be used as a motif on an Indian piece was the Mongoose.
    It is a nice piece of craftsmanship!
  3. walksoftly walksoftly, 5 months ago
    Found other ones on Etsy listed as snakes, alligators, faces & African origin.
    But until someone comes up with something better I like mongooses (mongeese?)
  4. Vintagefran Vintagefran, 5 months ago
    I agree WS. definitely mongoose. I've never seen a snake or Aligator with ears like these! Interesting it could be African, I'd have guessed Indian. Thx:)
  5. Vintagefran Vintagefran, 5 months ago
    I concur :) What do you make of the art in the bowl? Its a bit weird. I'm hoping someone will recognise or read the marks on the base.
  6. walksoftly walksoftly, 5 months ago
    Cheap tourist piece?
  7. Vintagefran Vintagefran, 5 months ago
    How do you find these things & so quickly!!
    I'm very impressed.
    Thank you
    This ones like a cheap version of the one in the link. I wonder if that says 'CHINA' on the base, its upside down in the photo, what you think? It could suggest they're not related at all, unless the wooden parts chinese too. Any bowl could sit on it.
  8. walksoftly walksoftly, 5 months ago
    Thank you for the kind words.
    I would be lost without Google :-)
    I think it does say China & is a cheap Chinese knockoff. LOL
    None of the other stands had bowls on them.
  9. Vintagefran Vintagefran, 5 months ago
    I'll take the bowl pics off now and show more of the good bit:)
    Thanks for all your help WS. I never would have thought of mongoose! I'm sure thats what they are, they look like mongeese:)
  10. Vintagefran Vintagefran, 5 months ago
    I wonder if they're designed for travelling. It folds up so neatly & easily & is very sturdy when its up, not delicate, it locks and folds with the same complicated pattern of links as in the one you found. Very clever, how anyone came up with it. It probably follows some mathematical formula for tripod leg folding.
  11. walksoftly walksoftly, 5 months ago
    There a many objects carved that interlink in some manner & they are meant to showcase the talent of the craftsman.
    Oh BTW, sell the bowl at the next boot sale.
    This was a a fun one to research, glad I could help.
  12. walksoftly walksoftly, 5 months ago

  13. Vintagefran Vintagefran, 5 months ago
    Thx WS. i agree get rid of the bowl:) I liked the ceramic one, thats more the kind of thing I envisage would go on this. Thanks for the links. They're all described as Afican, i wonder if its African after all? I love the 5 headed & black ones.
  14. Vintagefran Vintagefran, 5 months ago
    Thanks for the loves everyone:)
  15. walksoftly walksoftly, 5 months ago
    It seems they have been made in many forms & in different areas. So far mongoose, ducks, foxes, alligators, some very crude only a few that are well done.
    Some of the ones out of Africa have human form, others hippos & elephants. Some claim to be rosewood Indian?& Indonesia, & ebony (India & Africa).
    The problem with everyone of these is no good authentication, just opinions by the seller.
  16. WHATYOUGOT WHATYOUGOT, 5 months ago
  17. Vintagefran Vintagefran, 5 months ago
    Thx whatyougot (like the name:) look forward to seeing yours. They are clever aren't they, the links are angled in such a way that there are two heights this table can be stood at. Did you see the 5 headed one WS linked to? The complexity of the links on that is mind boggling!
  18. shrine shrine, 4 months ago
    It's a Chinese copy in my opinion as I found it sold as new on chinese export website.
  19. Vintagefran Vintagefran, 4 months ago
    Hi Shrine, interesting, you could well be right, it had a Chinese brass bowl on top which i thought wasn't original to it but maybe it was...
  20. shrine shrine, 4 months ago
    Hi Vintagefran, yes, some of them come with brass, sometimes silver top plate/bowl. A copy stand doesn't necessarily spell fake top, I've seen some example. Good luck.
  21. Vintagefran Vintagefran, 4 months ago
    Shrine may i ask you take a peek at this, with your asian knowledge you maybe able to tell me more about it.
    This came with a brass bowl, stamped china on the bottom & not great quality. So sounds like your correct. Its a nice thing still, well made & looks like some others linked to.
  22. shareurpassion shareurpassion, 2 months ago
    Hi there. I saw this "stand" when I first came on here and remembered my husband used to have one. I don't recall the animal carving in it, bit I do remember that there was a set of 3 and each one had a round ceramic (or maybe even rock) plate that sat on top. Each plate had a deeply carved line that started at the outer edge and circled until it stopped in the middle. In that line, you were to sprinkle powered incense to burn. Just thought I'd add that bit of info for you.
  23. Vintagefran Vintagefran, 2 months ago
    Thanks Shareurpassion. Interesting. This one came with a brass bowl with made in china on it.

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