bench

bench

early 1800s
Artist
unknown artist
Locale
New Mexico
Country
United States
bench
Museum Purchase
1971.15

Unknown artist, Bench, early 1800s. Pine; 41½ × 82¼ × 24 in. Museum purchase, 1971.15.

Dimensions
height: 41.5 in, 105.4100 cm; width: 82.25 in, 208.9150 cm; depth: 24 in, 60.9600 cm
Department
Mayer Center, Latin American Art
Collection
Spanish Southwest
Crafted in New Mexico in the 19th century this Territorial style bench is made out of local pine. This straight grained wood lent itself to furniture with straight lines. In this bench curved decorative elements can be seen in the urn shapes along the base and back, as well as four twisted (solomonic) columns. It appears that the lumber used in this bench was hand adzed indicating it was likely produced prior to the mid 1800s, when the first New Mexican lumber mill was established. Travelers to New Mexico during the 19th century commented on the scarcity of furniture in houses so the Denver Art Museum is fortunate to have a fine example from the period. --Julie Wilson Frick and Donna Pierce, 2015
Known Provenance
Purchased in 1971 by the Denver Art Museusm. Provenance research is on-going at the Denver Art Museum. Please e-mail provenance@denverartmuseum.org, if you have questions, or if you have additional information to share with us.

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