A Carved Bench

Possibly Irish
Circa 1820

This is one of the most unique benches I have encountered. It reminds me of the carving of Philadelphia cabinetmaker Joseph Barry who emigrated from Ireland but I am not convinced it is American. The carving is of the highest quality. The  uprights terminate in carved bird heads. A large carved shell is centered below the curved slip seat. The legs end in carved animal paw feet. 

Mahogany, (Secondary woods: oak and pine)
Height: 31 ½ Width: 35 ½ Depth: 17 ½

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