Offered for sale is a rare 18th C. Irish Georgian Porter’s Bench of shallow proportions. The bench is covered in all-over patterned floral needlepoint tapestry found as is, in very good condition. It is raised on three scrolled front cabriole legs terminating in ball and claw feet and two slanted back legs terminating in hoofed feet. The tall padded ox-bow back is flanked with arched side wings surmounting rolled arms. The seat has a serpentine shape and is very narrow.
These small benches were used by either porters or servants in large British manners during the 18th and 19th centuries and were usually found by the entrance door or vestibule. They offered a place for the servants or doormen to rest while they tended to the front door. They were usually narrow and uncomfortable in order to prevent the sitter from getting to get too cozy and falling asleep. The wings or hoods protected them from drafts coming through the door.
The bench is in excellent condition, it is probable that the needlepoint covering was a later 19th or early 20th century addition, however, it is highly complimentary to the piece.
Size: 45” Height by 49” Width by 20” Depth.
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