Irish Pawfoot Bench

The Irish Pawfoot Bench is a celebration of classical craftsmanship, traditionally made in English quarter-sawn oak by one of England’s finest chairmakers. Originally commissioned over 30 years ago by the London National Gallery this bench was in fact the first made by Howe piece ever made, still sitting proudly and perfectly in place in the gallery (final image).

A huge amount of work and unrivalled skill goes into creating each lion paw, first carefully drawn on to the wood before working with a multitude of chisels to chip, shave and carve out each claw and every wisp of hair.

“A combination of my sculpting background and Roy’s applied genius allowed us to develop the technique of lifting the hairs so they sat softly on the surface of the paw rather than as they started out – as marks scored into the surface of the wood.”

Two available now in natural weathered oak.


  • Length: 1690mm / 66 ½"
  • Max Depth: 465mm / 18 ¼"
  • Max Height: 1060mm / 41 ¾"
  • Seat Depth: 390mm / 15 ¼”
  • Seat Height: 460mm / 18"
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