Antique and Vintage French Bench Product Details
42H x 49W x 21D
Brittany <div>BRITTANY STYLE</div><div>Brittany, also called Bretagne, is a French province that is geographically located at the northwestern corner of France. However, Brittany was once an independent kingdom and is still considered to be one of the six Celtic nations in the world today. The celtic language, Breton, is still spoken and many Celtic traditions still survive. Celtic art, which influenced the design of Brittany furniture, is ornate, usually avoids straight lines, and is often symbolic.</div><div> In 1839, a collection of popular Breton songs was collected by Theodore Hersart de la Villemarque and published as the Barzaz Breiz (The Ballads of Brittany). It was compiled from oral tradition and preserves traditional folk tales, legends and music. This collection created a new-found interest in the local Celtic heritage of the Brittany region and spawned a great demand for Brittany style furniture throughout France. Hallmarks of the style include very ornate carvings, often using circles and ships wheels as a nod to the importance of the sea to the local economy, and the symbolic use of men and women in traditional costume to represent piety, a strong work ethic, and the enjoyment of life. Brittany style was seen as rustic or primitive and referred back to the romantic notion of a simpler time of days long gone. Most pieces of Brittany style furniture are made from chestnut and are darkly stained.</div><div>While the hand-painted production of faience pottery has been in existence in the city of Quimper in the Brittany region since 1708, the style that is synonymous with the name Quimper features a Breton man and woman in traditional costume and was developed around 1870 in response to the craze for Brittany style furniture and decorative arts.</div>
Condition of this Antique and Vintage Bench
Used - Good
Shows normal wear to the finish and miscellaneous nicks, dings, and scratches due to age and use. There is damage to the right front foot that can be restored prior to shipping, if requested. Wooden supports have been added under the seat for additional support.
Shipping for this French Bench
Free shipping only applies within the Contiguous 48 United States and this item will be shipped via Greyhound Bus. Larger items (under 100 pounds) shipping via Greyhound are transported to your door by courier service. Greyhound service normally takes 1 to 3 weeks for delivery, depending on delivery location. Someone must be present to accept and sign for the delivery. All shipments include Insurance.