A Beautifully Proportioned Charles I Oak Bench or Long Stool
This fine and rare bench has a single plank top with a double-reeded moulding running around all four sides, and secured to the seat rails with nine small square oak pegs.
The two long rails have strong lunette-carved decoration, embellished with small punched stars, the two short end rails are deeply moulded along the bottom. Carving on benches is most uncommon - occasionally one rail is carved, but it is a rare exception to see both rails decorated.
The well-turned baluster legs have a good outward splay, and are joined by plain stretchers all round, a further unusual feature. It is more common for a bench to have an 'H' stretcher (although this is uncommon in joint stools).
Superb colour and patination.
English, circa 1630.
Length 60 inches, height 21 inches, width 11 inches.