In 2004, a dear client brought to us this dilemma – she had acquired a lovely stone frieze carving, framed in a Régence-period frame. She intended to display the work on a table but could not find a proper display mechanism. Through our research, it became apparent that a small easel was a rare occurrence during the early-1700’s. We agreed that a new creation, founded upon historic designs would be an acceptable alternative. Our inspiration was a latter-period Louis XVI pedestal. The body of the easel was carved to mimic and re-interpret the lines and ornamentation of the inspiration subject. We then applied gesso and mottled ochre, red and red bole to the surface. 23.5K gold was applied and patinated to the level of the period frame that would reside with it. We distressed leather and used is to cover the platform.