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The Roycrofters

"Ali Baba" Bench, Model No. 046

Estimate:

20,000

to
- 30,000 USD

The Roycrofters

The Roycrofters

"Ali Baba" Bench, Model No. 046

"Ali Baba" Bench, Model No. 046

Estimate:

20,000

to
- 30,000 USD

Lot sold:

21,420

USD

The Roycrofters

"Ali Baba" Bench, Model No. 046


circa 1905

oak with split log seat and the original intact bark

carved with firm's "orb and cross" cypher

19 1/4 x 42 x 13 7/8 in. (48.9 x 106.7 x 35.2 cm)

Overall in very good condition. The bench is crafted from a split oak log and retains its original intact bark on the underside of the seat which exhibits handsome texture and inherent surface irregularities. The wood surfaces present with scattered surface scratches, minute abrasions and light wear throughout as consistent with age and gentle use. The edges of the legs present with a few more pronounced indentations and small chips to the wood consistent with use and not visually distracting. The sides of the seat present with a few extremely fine hairline cracks, stable and inherent to the natural aging of the material. The seat presents with areas of wear and discoloration to the wood finish consistent with gentle use. The center of the seat presents with a circular stain measuring approximately 6 ½ inches in diameter. The bench presents with light surface soiling throughout with scattered watermarks and minute traces of house paint, not visually distracting. One corner of the seat is carved with an unidentified monogram, possibly belonging to the bench’s original owner. An iconic model by the Roycrofters displaying great craftsmanship.


 In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.

NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.

Private Collection, Shaker Heights, Ohio, circa 1905
Thence by descent
Acquired from the above by the present owner
Roycroft Handmade Furniture, sales catalogue, East Aurora, NY, 1912, reprinted, New York, 1973, p. 16
Barbara Mayer, In The Arts & Crafts Style, San Francisco, 1993, pp. 127 and 198