A Good Pair of c.1900 French Gothic Revival Oak Benches

£1,600.00
Origin: French
Period: 3rd Republic
Provenance: Unknown
Date: c.1900
Width: 79” & 80” respectively
Depth: 21”
Height: 29.5” or 16.5” at seats

The attractive and nicely weathered pair of late-nineteenth century Gothic oak hall or garden benches, each now taken on a faded grey colour and having single planked seats with open backs to cast iron Gothic trefoil mounts, above three scrolling supports, surviving in original country house order from the zeniths of nineteenth century France.

The benches are presented in good overall order. The patina is good and honest with the weathering making them an elephant grey colour. There is some looseness in the joints as one would expect but nothing out of the ordinary. The iron has rusted as photographed and there are some very small splits here and there.

The trefoil shape one sees in these benches is synonymous with gothic design and benches of this form are not particularly easy to come by; they may have hailed originally from an ecclesiastical setting but more likely a French Gothic revival chateau or estate.

Versatile and sculpturally stylish, this pair could happily sit inside or out and with contemporary or antique pieces.
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