18th Century Oak Panel Back Settle
18th Century Oak Panel Back Settle
18th Century Oak Panel Back Settle
18th Century Oak Panel Back Settle
18th Century Oak Panel Back Settle

18th Century Oak Panel Back Settle

c. 1780 England

Offered by Windsor House Antiques Ltd

£3,400 gbp
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An unusual 18th century oak panel back Settle. Good colour and patina. With panelled sections.

Seat height 17.5 inches.

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Settles are commonly movable, but occasionally fixed. The settle shares with the chest and the chair the distinction of great antiquity. Its high back was a protection from the draughts of medieval buildings, protection which was sometimes increased by the addition of winged ends or a wooden canopy. It was most frequently placed near the fire in the common sitting-room.
Constructed of oak or other hardwood, it was extremely heavy, solid, and durable. Few English examples of earlier date than the middle of the 16th century are extant; survivals from the Jacobean period are more numerous. Settles of the more expensive type were often elaborately carved or incised; others were divided into plain panels. They were commonly used in farmhouse kitchens or manorial halls.
Elaborate specimens of oak settles with very tall backs, sometimes a cupboard built into them, or a box under the seat, are referred to as "monks settles
Dimensions
Height 41.50 inch (105.41 cm)
Width 46.00 inch (116.84 cm)
Depth 18.50 inch (46.99 cm)
Stock Code
7560
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