Usually made of oak, a settle is a long wooden bench, distinguished by a high back and usually with timber wings to ward off draughts. Settles were generally placed by the large open fireplaces in country houses and inns. Some had drawers beneath the seat, others had a lidded seat with a storage chest below. Settles date from medieval times, though few have survived that were made before the 17th century. The settle is a provincial or country piece of furniture and was not made by major London or provincial cabinetmakers. The form was revived in Australia in the early 20th century, with acknowledgment to the styles of the times.
A colonial cedar settle, circa 1860, the shaped scroll back with rolled central cresting, the open scroll ends connected by spindle turned stretchers, padded horsehair seat cushion and bolsters, raised on turned legs terminating in castors, 92 cm high, 207
Robert Prenzel (1866-1941) an important blackwood settle, dated 1903, the high back with and corbels at each end, above three panels, each finely carved in the Gothic Renaissance style, the outside left and right panels carved with Gryphons and inscribed '
A Victorian country style pine hall settle. Later 19th century, in the rustic manner, with a shaped crest, spindle back and curvaceous outward turning sides and arm rests, a hinged storage seat and raised on square form legs; with indistinct inked marker's
Antique oak settle with ornate scrolled and architectural carving, turned columns support carved lion head arms rests, lift seat reveals storage compartment, the back pivots to form a table, 137cm wide
A rare West Australian Colonial jarrah, sheoak and cedar settle, c.1880, and later. Maker unknown. The settle is constructed with three turned spindles joined between each front and rear legs. The backboard comprised of two sheoak boards with a Regency sty
Robert Prenzel (1866-1941), a blackwood settle, circa 1904-1909 the rectangular back inscribed with the Latin motto Pax Huic Domui - Peace be to this house - above a gryphon frieze, stylised scroll arms and a hinged seat, the front and sides carved with wa
A West Australian Colonial jarrah settle c.1870-1880, maker unknown the settle is the bolted type, which dismantles for transportation, known as a 'Miners Couch' providing both a practical bed and also a parlour settee the arms are constructed of three tur
A George III oak and mahogany settle, the five oak panelled back with wide mahogany cross banding and diamond inlay, the shaped on elm arms on restrained turned supports, the cabriole form legs with ball terminals, pegged construction, kelim upholstered sq
A West Australian Colonial jarrah settle, c.1870-1880. The settle is all jarrah construction, with double end arm rests, with three turned spindles, swan neck and sabre style legs, and serpentine style back board, with later upholstered cushion. Height 90
An antique Swedish pine box settle, 19th century, the low back with a foliate-carved and pierced crest above the removable bench seat enclosing a storage compartment, on stile feet. Height 102 cm. Width 204 cm. Depth 62 cm
European c. 1850 wood and ivory inlaid settle with hinged lid seat four ivory panels depict hunting scenes with various mounted huntsmen and prey in open landscapes. Two side panels inlaid with floral decoration. The frame heavily carved with mythical beas
18th century English elm settle, the back carved with mythical sea creatures and floral decoration, raised on turned legs united by stretchers. Offered together with a hand knotted Kazak camel bag fashioned from a cushion. Width 140 cm
A decorative early 20th century French Breton oak hall settle, with bobbin splats above carved roundels with wooden hinged seat, below a carved front on block feet. 105 cm high, 108 cm wide 40 cm deep.
An Australian blackwood and eucalypt settle, circa 1845, the curved back rail joined by conforming end supports with turned top rails and plain cross rails, above a cushioned seat and pine slats, raised on square out-splayed legs, 176 cm wide, 62 cm deep,
Robert Prenzel (1866-1941) an important blackwood settle, dated 1903, the high back with an egg and dart bordered cornice and corbels at each end, above three panels, each finely carved in the Gothic Renaissance style, the outside left and right panels car
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