1880 French Gothic Antique Bench Heavily Carved Oak Arms Storage
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Antique and Vintage French Hall Bench Product Details
68H x 48.50W x 17.75D
Imagine the incredible effect this antique Gothic bench will have in your foyer or entryway, and just how much it will impress your visitors. Oh, the antique oak bench is also wonderfully useful when you're changing your boots! Crafted in France in solid oak wood, the handsome antique Gothic bench dates to 1880. Although it makes a big impression and looks like it should be in a cathedral, you might be surprised to learn that the antique Gothic bench is just over 4 feet wide, making it a friendly size even for more modestly sized homes. Carved top-to-toe with classic Gothic designs, the French antique bench is crowned with a gallery of fleur-de-lis, and decorated with swirling flower designs. Nobody else needs know that the antique Gothic bench has a secret hidey-hole... simply lift up the sturdy oak bench seat to hide your secret manuscripts and golden treasures. Or, we guess, you could just use it as storage for your umbrella! This is a rare opportunity to own a genuine French Gothic antique bench and enjoy its medieval style beauty in your home. The antique Gothic bench stands 68 inches high and it measures 48.5 inches long and 17.75 inches deep.
Gothic <div>GOTHIC REVIVAL STYLE</div><div>As the middle class rose in status and wealth with the advent of the Industrial Revolution, more people were able to afford furniture. This flattening of society in combination with technological advancements created a surge of furniture production. Improved transportation meant a greater variety of wood was available at lower costs. For the first time, furniture became accessible and affordable to the common man. From the 1830s to the end of the 19th century, furniture makers reached back to earlier historical styles and reinterpreted them with a great deal of creativity and experimentation. Although machines were used to increase speed and productivity, most of the carvings were still done by hand. Consumers were hungry for large, ornate and heavily carved furniture that would impress their friends and family and show off their newly found wealth.</div><div>The Gothic Revival style brought back the beautiful and ornate architectural motifs found on Gothic cathedrals built during the twelfth through fourteenth centuries. Hallmarks of the Gothic Revival style include ornate tracery panels, quatrefoil, rosettes, pointed arches (ogives), linen fold motif, gargoyles and monks heads. These decorative elements are commonly found carved on Gothic Revival pieces, reminding one of large stained glass windows and sculptures found in medieval churches. Most furniture pieces were made of oak or walnut and were finished with a dark stain. On most pieces, the carvings were hand-done and it is interesting to note the unique differences on different carved panels. French consumers clamored for the ornate designs of Gothic Revival furniture and decorative arts, which were viewed as the pinnacle of elegant taste.</div>
Condition of this Antique and Vintage Hall Bench
Used - Good
Shows normal wear to the finish and miscellaneous nicks, dings, and scratches due to age and use.
Availability for this French Hall Bench
Shipping for this French Hall Bench
Free shipping only applies within the Contiguous 48 United States and this item will be shipped via Vanline. Furniture (over 100 pounds) is shipped via white glove delivery service, which includes bringing the item into your home and placing the item in the room of your choice on the main level of your home. This service includes light assembly and the removal of packing materials. White glove service normally takes 3 to 4 weeks, although delays may occur for more remote locations. Someone must be present to accept and sign for the delivery.
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