Call it a settle bench, bucket bench, or simply a high-back bench. Whatever the case may be, it is a graceful and highly unusual piece of American country furniture. With a Shaker-like sensibility, a pine plank seat is mortised into supports that follow the beautifully scalloped shaped lines of the plank sides. These terminate in a gentle half-moon to create boot jack feet. A kickboard is mortised across the front at ground level. This probably doubled as a footrest and protection for large stoneware crocks, or stave buckets, that could be stored in the open space beneath the seat. This is only example of a combination settle bench and bucket bench that I have ever encountered and I know of nothing similar.
The back is constructed of wide plank boards. The entire construction is of white pine joined with cut nails. The planks are pit sawn and the most likely date of origin is 1830-50. The most likely place is New England, perhaps Maine, where furniture makers less often conformed to expected designs.
If the style and utilitarian intent are terrific, the original, salmon red painted surface is just as fine. Dry and untouched, it registers a firm 10 for the most discerning collector.
All-in-all, a masterpiece of American paint-decorated country furniture.
Condition: Remarkable. There is a small chip on the back left foot, but there are no other condition issues.
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