In the season 1 finale of Elementary a new set is introduced: Elegant London Art Restorer Flat.
Although the easel is functional (and there are many more in other areas of the apartment), it doubles as decorative.
I have long desired an H frame easel for none practical purposes. It is an elegant way to display art when you run out of walls.
prefer the H frame easel over the tripod style. The H frame has a more intricate design, and can allows the painting to stand upright. A tripod easel tilts the painting back more drastically.
FYI: To pull this off, the art needs to be BIG and fabulous.
The easel concept reminds me a lot of when I visited Philip Johnson's Glass House. The home is ultra minimal, with no walls dividing the rooms. To delineate the living room from the bedroom, a Poussin painting was place on a steel stand. Yes, he had a multi-million dollar room divider.