Published: September 13, 2016
PITTSFIELD, MASS. — The standout lot of Willis Henry Auctions’ annual fall Shaker sale September 10 was a meeting house bench with 39 spindles in a dark natural stain, possibly original. The bench tripled its high estimate to attain $33,600, including the buyer’s premium.
The circa 1840 bench came out of the Enfield, N.H., Shaker community and is stamped “6” on both ends, probably indicating it was the sixth bench in a series in the meeting house.
A complete review of the auction will appear in an upcoming edition.
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