Learn about Bench Seats

A long, narrow wooden form, used for sitting at table or as a verandah seat. Until the late 17th century, most people sat on benches, chairs being the preserve of the rich or the elderly, and they continued to be used in farmhouses and schoolrooms until comparatively recent times. Benches may be either simple timber slabs through which holes have been bored for the stick legs or take increasingly elaborate and professionally constructed shapes. The church pew, in fact, is only a highly developed type of bench with the addition of a back.

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An ornately carved mahogany bench in the manner of William Kent, 19th century, carved with rams head terminals and hoof feet, 100 cm (length of back)

Oak hall bench, with stick stand to one end, 118 cm wide

An Australian cedar bench, circa 1880, of typical form with turned front legs, 243 cm long

A carved crocodile form elongated bench stool, 60 cm high, 198 cm long

Antique French oak rustic bench seat, turned baluster legs with central stretcher, showing good age and colour, approx 50 cm high, 133 cm wide, 49 cm deep

A Louis XVI style bench seat, stretcher base, 100 x 53 x 55 cm

Oak monk's bench, with lift seat storage compartment, 122 cm wide, as inspected

An Italian carved giltwood leather upholstered bench seat, 52 cm high, 204 cm wide, 41 cm deep

A small teak hall seat, mid-20th century, with asymmetrical back and armrest to one end. Height 88 cm. Width 77 cm. Depth 41 cm.

Antique French 17th & 18th century carved oak, hall bench, approx 106 cm high, 115 cm wide, 46 cm deep

A rustic two seater bench, height 103 cm, width 140, depth 93 cm

A 19th century English rustic oak bench. 41.5 cm high, 100 cm wide, 36 cm deep

Antique 19th century French Gothic hall bench, fitted with recessed carved panels, to the front, and backboard, approx 130 cm high, 155 cm wide, 56 cm deep

Rex Chapman Taylor, pair of hand adzed kauri bench seats.

Antique early 19th century or earlier, carved oak Renaissance hall bench, approx 146 cm high, 128 cm wide, 50 cm deep

An Australian Arts and Crafts hall seat, carved kauri pine with hand painted dragon decorations, circa 1900, 72 cm high, 66 cm wide, 44 cm deep

Antique early 19th century European oak fan back bench, standing on chamfered square legs with central stretcher

A 17th century monk's bench. 104 cm high, 116 cm wide, 56 cm deep.

Antique French Gothic armchair bench, carved with heads of hooded monks to the arms, recessed Gothic panels to the back and base, approx 70 cm wide

Chippendale style mahogany bench raised on carved cabriole legs, with claw feet. Length 310 cm. Provenance: purchased from Robyn Cosgrove rugs, 2003

18th century Spanish chestnut bench with hand made cushion, 2m wide by 0.77m high (approx)

An oak hall seat with elaborate applied decorations, English, 19th century, including a storage compartment.. 148 cm high, 140 wide, 50 cm deep

A walnut upholstered Empire style bench, circa 1930s, the slender rectangular bench with a relief carved ribbon motif raised on turned and tapering slender legs with rosette capitals and acanthus leaf embellishments, and United with an elegantly shaped 'H'

Louis XVI style bench re-upholstered in white, with white limed solid wood frame. Height 45 cm, width 194 cm, depth 46 cm

Vintage oak settle bench with lift seat storage compartment, converts into a table, 105 cm wide

Thonet 'Fureau' bench solid beech frame with woven cane seat. Height 97 cm. Width 117 cm. Depth 47 cm

Trio cinema bench, approx 91 cm high, 148 cm long

Two seater, lift top, oak hall bench with caned back and decorative floral carving, approx 98 cm high, 112 cm wide

Mahogany shop bench top display cabinet 'Breidenbachs Choice English Perfumery', 91 cm high, 46 cm wide, 46 cm deep. (gold leaf Lettering)

Vintage timber bench seat, with mortised joints, 144 cm long approx.

Vintage settle bench seat, with lift seat compartment, 128 cm wide, 97 cm high

A period cast-iron two-seater bench painted in white, with ferns and berries A/F 123 x 600 x 800 cm