A late eighteenth century oak and elm curved bacon settle
A late eighteenth century oak and elm curved bacon settle
A late eighteenth century oak and elm curved bacon settle
A late eighteenth century oak and elm curved bacon settle
A late eighteenth century oak and elm curved bacon settle
A late eighteenth century oak and elm curved bacon settle
A late eighteenth century oak and elm curved bacon settle

A late eighteenth century oak and elm curved bacon settle

c. 1760 to c. 1800 England

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the paneled front opening to reveal cupboard above base, the seat of sliding panels opening to reveal further cupboard space below, on sledge feet.

Whilst such high backed settles are traditionally associated with the hanging and curing of bacon, this is somewhat disputed. David Knell, in his book English Country Furniture 1500-1900, sights this as a bucolic fantasy, stating, ‘…it seems unlikely that that was invariably their purpose and the storage of outdoor clothing presents itself as an obvious, if more mundane, alternative.’ However, explaining the reason why such pieces of furniture have been found exclusively in the West Country and Wales, William Cobbett states in his book Cottage Economy whilst referring to bacon, ‘…smoking is a great deal better than merely drying, as is the fashion in the dairy-counties in the West of England.’ What is not disputed is the fact that settles, those with hanging space and those without, were used as room dividers. With typical West Country farmhouses’ principle living rooms (invariably the kitchen) having a door directly to the outside, such pieces, when placed between this and the fire provided a screen from the draughts, creating a cosy and warm environment around the hearth.
For further reading see Gabriel Olive, Farm and Cottage Furniture in the West Country, The Regional Furniture Society, 2002.
Dimensions
Height 183.50 cm (72.24 inches)
Width 146.00 cm (57.48 inches)
Depth 82.00 cm (32.28 inches)
Stock Code
74906
Medium
oak and elm
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