Finely crafted old European choir bench, measuring 23" by 68" by 71" tall. Extensive fine wooden inlays in contrasting color. Bench opens to reveal storage. Excellent condition.
This choir bench has been in the family for at least four generations. It was in my great grandfather's "gilded age" 5th Ave. mansion (or his Long Island estate) until 1939, after which point it was moved to Southern California and Arizona. He had a large number of valuable antiques, many of which he sold during the depression through Parke-Bernet auctions (examples: https://archive.org/details/finefrenchfurnit00park/page/n3; https://archive.org/details/englishamericanf00park_2/page/n5)
Good afternoon, James,
Thank you for contacting Mearto with your appraisal inquiry. Based on the photographs and information provided, and subject to examination, this is:
A Continental carved and inlaid walnut and oak paneled hall or choir bench
71 inches high by 68 inches wide by 23 inches deep.
Condition good, commensurate with age and use.
Provenance: descended in a Gilded Age family
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