Shaker Painted Oak Sleigh Bench
- American Furniture & Decorative Arts - 2731M
- Date / Time :
- June 15, 2014 12:00PM
Shaker Painted Oak Sleigh Bench, c. 1830, the canted sides with arched tops joined by mortised seat with diagonal bracing, early yellow/green paint, (lacks horizontal boards at base), ht. 25 1/2, wd. 33, dp. 9 1/2 in.
Literature: Gather Up the Fragments, p. 373.
Note: Andrews family tradition states that this bench was made for use on a Shaker sleigh. It is certainly a unique form, and the entire frame is held in tension, with the splayed sides attached to the seat by diagonal stretchers. Additionally, the sides are screwed into the seat. The bottoms of the sides are relieved on the inside, and numerous nail holes on the outside show where it was nailed into place, which lend to the plausibility of its use as a sleigh bench.
Provenance: The Andrews Shaker Collection.
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