Allen & Brother
(Philadelphia, PA, 1847-1902)
walnut, ebonized walnut, gilding
64 1/2 x 71 x 26 inches
Allen & Brother, founded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1847, was one of the finest furniture makers during the Renaissance Revival period. This bench is done in walnut and ebonized walnut with elaborate carvings and gilt incising. The crest is embellished with winged griffins, a cartouche shield, scrollwork, flowers and two Greek key motifs. Enhancing the frame is a ribbon and reed decoration that leads to acanthus leaves. The skirt is heavily decorated with leaves and berries, two panels with floral and foliate, and a central panel with gadrooning, scrollwork, Greek keys, and a central motif with a beaded border and drapery. Two storks adorned in acanthus leaves construct the back legs; front legs with leaf garland, central "X" ribbon and acanthus leaves. Supporting the bench and adding further embellishment are four carved lion paws.
Condition: The absence of a condition report does not imply there are no condition issues with the lot. Please inquire for a detailed condition report.