She argues that under Shah Jahan, Mughal influence was extended to architecture as well and to this influence she relates the use of the baluster column in Mughal architecture.
The highlight of a number of pieces of rare 18th century English porcelain is Worcester's nod to the orient, a porcelain teapot in vertically fluted baluster form circa 1750-58.
He shows an earlier type of candlestick of baluster form spreading downwards into a deep drip tray with a squat cinched base.
The early examples were generally heavily knopped, the main element of the stem often of baluster outline but with other swellings above, or below, or both.
The front legs on virtually all of these chairs have small baluster turnings atop heavy tapered legs that terminate in pad feet on little disks.
Small baluster castes were often converted to more useful pitcher cream jugs by the addition of handles and spouts.
Why Rhode Island furniture makers chose to compress the baluster shape to a round shape is still unclear.
Characteristic is the large circular base supported on four claw-and-ball feet, the large baluster stem, and the relatively small candleholder.
baluster legs in English oak
The stand, with its baluster legs and serpentine stretcher, is also japanned and similar to other European designs of this period.