This listing is for one of five carved oak Renaissance Revival freestanding, double benches. They were deigned and installed in ...
moreThis listing is for one of five carved oak Renaissance Revival freestanding, double benches. They were deigned and installed in the Bates Room of the Boston Public Library by Charles Follen McKim of the architectural firm, "McKim, Mead and White."
This listing is for 1 bench but there are 5 available.
SOLD individually at $5800 each
Four Lion Leg and Scroll Supports. Once topped with a seat cushion. A rare opportunity to own a piece of Boston's architectural and cultural history. These double benches with carved lion paw legs and paneled sides once graced the Bates Room of the Boston Public Library. Comparable reading tables are still in use at the BPL with identical lion paw and scroll motif. These were salvaged in the 1970s and have remained in storage until now. Charles Follen McKim's design shows influence from a number of architectural precedents. McKim drew explicitly on the Bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève in Paris (designed by Henri Labrouste, built 1845 to 1851) for the general arrangement of the facade that fronts on Copley Square, but his detailing of that facade's arcaded windows owes a clear debt to the side elevations of Leon Battista Alberti's Tempio Malatestiano in Rimini. The open-air courtyard at the center of the building is based closely on that of the sixteenth-century Palazzo della Cancelleria in Rome; in its center is a copy of the, once controversial, statue Bacchante and Infant Faun. McKim also exploited up-to-date building technology, as the library represents one of the first major applications, in the United States, of the system of thin tile vaults (or catalan vaults) exported from the Catalan architectural tradition by the Valencian Rafael Guastavino. Seven different types of Guastavino vaulting can be seen in the library.
The McKim building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973, was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1986 for its architectural and historical significance, given Boston Landmark status by the Boston Landmarks Commission in 2000. It was the first major Beaux Arts building in the United States, and it was also the first large-scale urban library building in the nation. less
- 118ʺW × 39ʺD × 18ʺH
- Late 19th Century
- Item Type
- Vintage, Antique or Pre-owned
- Original Condition Unaltered, Needs Restoration
- Condition Notes
- Good. As is condition. Some require a bit of restoration. Original finish. Good. As is condition. Some require a bit of restoration. Original finish. less
- Renaissance Revival
- Place of Origin
- United States of America
- Seat Height
- 22.0 inches
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