An Exceptional James I Oak Bench
Originally made to accompany a long dining table, this bench has a single boarded top which is secured to the carved seat rails by five pairs of oak pegs. The rails themselves have ten stylised ferns set within semi-circular arches to each of the long sides, whilst there is a single fern and arch carved to each end (it is quite unusual to find all four sides carved – many benches only have one of the long sides decorated).
The boldly turned baluster legs joined by substantial end stretchers, which support the long centre stretcher.
English, Gloucestershire, circa 1620.
Length 72 inches, width 11 inches, height 21 inches.