Pair of Antique Benches

//Pair of Antique Benches

Pair of Antique Benches

£1,350.00

A pair of antique benches, or forms – one 18th century, the other later.

L 7’6”
W 10”
H 1’7”
2” thick solid planks.

BHA 1126A

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Description

A pair of antique benches, or forms – one 18th century, the other later.
Of rich well figured golden colour. Both are sturdy and ready-to-use.

These look great en suite with an antique refectory or farmhouse table for which they would have been originally designed. This type of bench or form harmonises well in any interior, whether modern or traditional.
In the 16th and 17th centuries refectory tables were often seen en suite with ‘joyned stools’. These would be stored away between the stretchers when not in use.

Lit:

Percy Macquoid ‘A History of English Furniture – The Age of Oak’, Antique Collector’s Club Ltd, Woodbridge, 1904 (originally Vol. I), p. 88, figs. 173, 174, 175, 176 & 177.
The origins of these simple benches, often also referred to as ‘monk’s benches’, go back to the 16th century, and were made over a long period of time. Those with bulbous legs and stretchers would generally be of an earlier date.

Ralph Edwards CBE FSA refers to an ”oak joyned bench or form’’ in ‘The shorter Dictionary of English Furniture’, Hamlyn, London, Fourth Impression 1972, p. 48, ill. 6. ”Joyned” means constructed without nails, pegs or glue.

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