A New England Bat House or Dovecote

A striking wall box in the form of a bat house or dovecote. While the lines of the top and bottom resemble the silhouette of a bat, the whole reads as a giant mask or even an owl. Constructed of pine with dovetailed joints.

The box appears unique and therefore its exact purpose is a bit of a mystery. It would not fuction well as a household wall box—it is not typical of a bird house (and there are no perches)—bat boxes are shallow rectilinear boxes similar to the box here, however usually have slats, not holes. Regardless it is a fascinating object with a graphic presence and a first rate surface.

Condition: Excellent, save for a small re-glue to the lower right. Retains original paint with a complex surface.

Date: Circa: 1880
Origin American - New England - New England
Artist/Maker Unknown
Measurements 16 5/8" (h) x 12 1/2" (w) x 4 3/8" (d)
Inventory View Dealer's Inventory
Website http://stevenspowers.com
Price SOLD
Contact Steve Powers, 718-625-1715 or  steve@stevenspowers.com

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