Shaker Maple and Ash Bench, early 19th century, the split-log seat with chamfered front and back edge on four turned, swelled, splayed legs, original red paint, ht. 21 1/2, wd. 29 1/4, dp. 12 1/2 in.
Literature: Shaker Furniture: The Craftsmanship of an American Communal Sect, plate 25; The Magazine Antiques, May 1979; Gather Up the Fragments, p. 372.
This simple bench has turned legs dowelled into the base and is chamfered along the lower edges. It is painted a deep red. The legs gradually thicken as they rise, are mortised into the top, and are splayed for stability. A number of sturdy benches similar to this one were collected by the Andrewses as they scoured Shaker workshops, primarily at Mount Lebanon, New York. See Lot 85 in this sale for another example.
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