Learn about Settle

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.
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A stripped elm settle with a curved seat and panelled back and sides, English 17th/18th century, 148 cm high, 141 cm wide, 38 cm deep

George III carved oak settle with likely late 19th century carving, having five carved back panels depicting medieval themes with grotesque mask arm rests and cabriole front legs height 102 cm, length 190 cm, depth 70 cm

A George II oak settle c.1740 - 1750 and later, having four panel back with arm rests and cabriole front legs height 108 cm, length 181 cm, depth 60 cm

Miniature cedar settle with original Squab & rolling pin ends, 92 cm long, 38 cm deep 47 cm high

A George III provincial elm bacon settle, 18th century, 171 cm high, 198 cm wide, 70 cm deep

A panelled oak settle, 18th century, length of back 180 cm

18th century oak settle with five panel back, scroll end on cabriole legs

George II oak high back settle, 18th century, the high rectangular back above a hinged lid seat, height 125 cm width 142 cm depth 56 cm

Late 17th century oak settle incised top rail, five panel back, planked seat on plain square legs with hoof feet (faults)

A 19th century rustic Australian settle, Sourced and manufactured in Castlemaine, with a planked back, and solid seat, the high back descending to side supports, 113 x 97 x 45 cm

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

Vintage carved oak settle with lift seat storage compartment and back that folds over to become a table, 122 cm wide approx

A West Australian jarrah entrance hall settle, c.1930's panelled board construction. the seat with lift up lid providing internal storage. Height 121 cm. Length 135 cm. Depth 43 cm

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

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

A provincial pine settle, English, 18th century. Length of back 146 cm

A provincial oak, iron mounted and brass studded settle, Spanish, 18th century. Length of back 178 cm

Antique French oak settle, measures 72 cm high, 76 cm wide, 56 cm deep

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

An early blackwood settle. Tasmanian origin circa late 1830s early 1840s. Unrestored

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 Victorian carved and upholstered oak settle in the Jacobean style, English, 19th century. 190 cm (length of back)

Scandinavian 19th century pine settle with half turned spindle back & lift top storage seat. Height 111 cm, width 230 cm, depth 54 cm

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

19th century cedar settle with rolled arms 183 cm long x 44 cm deep x 84 cm high

An English 19th century oak settle, with carved scroll panels

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

18th century oak settle with hinged seat compartment, carved with lion mask arms and floral motifs. Width 12 cm. Provenance: Gerhard Friese Estate

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

19th century oak settle/table with floral relief decoration. The back revolves to form a table top. Hinged lid seat. Width 107 cm. Provenance: Gerhard Friese Estate

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 carved oak box seat settle 117 cm wide, 100 cm high, 50 cm deep

An Arts & Crafts oak settle, with a contemporary cushion width 1710. Depth 62 cm

An 18th century oak settle, pinned, the back with four panels wooden seat scrolled arm on cabriole legs. 110 cm high, 185 cm wide 66 cm deep.

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.