I have what I believe is an Antique Ethan Allen Gossip Bench. It does not have Ethan Allen on it anywhere. I have seen several others listed that match it identically, listed as Ethan Allen pieces? Any insights? I have pictures.
Sorry, first time posting didnt see the attach button... Thanks
Wow it says one picture is too big... sorry for wasting time and space..
If you reduce the resolution on the photos they will post not to worry about the time or space
Re; The bench.
Thanks for the effort, of posting the photo's
I must admit to not ever having seen one, exactly like this.
However, it does have some rather nice upholstered ancestors, which date to around 1880 and in the later Victoriam period. I am unable to furnish you with any information as to the manufacturer. It is undoubtedly and American piece and of fairly recent make. It looks to be made of either beech or elm, finnished with a laquer coating. It's ancestors belong to the world of conversation and gossip, formal gatherings and rather elegant Ladies who periodically wafted themselves with a fan. The world of sitting upright, and following the then practise of the French "Bon Ton".
A nice piece, tea, biscuits and a book, knitting or a newspaper, very versatile; while secretly keeping a close eye on all that is taking place around you. I think that the missing cushion, might be much needed!!!
Ps; these normally came as a pair, so the sitters could secretly converse to one another, by leaning slightly, or whispering to one another from behind an opened fan.
From the finish - and this is based purely on what I can see in the one photo, that piece appears to be a reproduction from the late 60's or 70's, maybe even early 80's. There seemed to be a revival/renewed interest in the American "Wild West" in the 60's and 70's, (Think The Wild Wild West featuring the character Jim West, Clint Eastwood westerns), and the Victorian era in the early to mid-80's (Remember the high necked ladies blouses with lace inserts at the chest and puffed mutton leg sleeves? Full skirts? etc? I do because my mother would make wear such things for Christmas dinner and other major holiday events - I was 12ish at the time.) I refer specifically to American fashion and trends here, I have no idea what the trends were in Europe at the time.
I've seen many many items (coffee tables, end tables, etc)done in that style from those decades. When I've seen a bench like that in America, it was generally used as a telephone bench. (Which in turn would have been used for gossip, so the term Gossip Bench is still accurate, whether gossiping in with one another face to face or via the phone.
PS: DL, love the background information you give on various pieces and styles, reproduction or not.