Saturday, October 10, 2009
19th Century Folk Art Figural Bench
HERE IS AN INTERESTING AND MARVELOUS OBJECT. I SPOTTED THIS ON EBAY. THE SELLER DESCRIBES IT AS FOLLOWS:
“As you look at my close-up photographs of this wonderful antique American folk art carved, figural bench, you can see that it was not just an ornamental carving. You can see by the many cut marks on the bench and on the top of the young boys head that this was a workbench. There is a shallow hole at the top of the boy’s head, which was used to hold something. There’s another work hole near the bottom. Because of the untouched surface, it is difficult to identify exactly what species of hard wood this bench is carved from, but it is a light colored hard wood such as Maple. The young boy measures approximately 25 ½ inches tall and the overall length is approximately 43 inches. The back legs are approximately 23 inches apart and the height at the middle of this early folk art workbench is 14 ½ inches.”
I’d like to know what you think about this object, readers.