Antique French Carved Oak Hall Bench Breton Brittany Small Settee Pew Chest
Antique French Carved Oak Hall Bench Breton Brittany Small Settee Pew Chest.
Direct from France, a wonderful antique French hall bench, with a charming combination of French style and versatile size. Intricate Brittany details include a carved upper rail over an open turned spindle panel.
The back center panel features a carved Breton man walking through the forest, in period dress (note the carving details in his clothing); demilune carvings and ship’s wheel spindles on either side. Lower front center panel features a carved Breton lady seated in full period dress.
More carvings throughout as well as on each side (always a sign of superior quality and craftsmanship). Bench top lifts to provide generous interior storage. Quality throughout, well built by craftsmen of the period, circa1890.
Measurements: 51.5” ht. x 45.5” x 18.75”. 19” seat height.
Brief note about Brittany Style Antique French Furniture:
The Celtic roots of the Brittany region of France are manifest in the furniture produced in this region. The Breton style is as distinctive as its special culture and easily recognizable due to its very ornate carvings. Historically, the local economy in Brittany was heavily dependent on fishing and maritime activities, so one often finds circles and ship's wheels as a common decorative motif in the Brittany Style of antique furniture.
Often antique furniture in the Brittany Style was carved out of chestnut or oak, with a very dark finish. A hallmark feature of the Brittany Style of French Country Antique Furniture is the symbolic use of men and women in traditional Celtic dress to represent a strong work ethic, piety, and the enjoyment of life.
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Condition: This item is in good condition for its age, with normal signs of age, use, scratches, imperfections. Included multiple photos should be considered as an integral part of the description. Antiques should be purchased for craftsmanship, uniqueness, charm, and character, and very few antiques are “like new”.
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