19C French Provincial Oak Monks Bench

19C French Provincial Oak Monks Bench.



19C French Provincial Oak Monks Bench

GORGEOUS and RARE 19th Century French piece from circa 1870 consisting of a 19C French Provincial Fold-Over Oak Monk’s Bench and Side Table.

 

This is a provincial piece made of oak…..it is a classic monk’s bench, but has a tilting back section that when tilted fully forward forms a Side Table.

It has a chest drawer on the base accessed by a hinged seat.

The back tilts on 2 turned wooden pegs inserted into both sides.

The piece is decorated with beading and circular sections to the top and oval sections to the base and has two beautifully turned arm rests on turned baluster columns.

Its sits on 4 bun feet.



19C French Provincial Fold-Over Oak Monk's Bench and Side Table

French Country Style !!!

This a STUNNING piece for a Hallway !!!

RARE and HIGHLY DESIRABLE !!

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A monks bench or hutch table is a piece of furniture where a tabletop is set onto a chest in such a way that when the table was not in use, the top pivots to a vertical position and becomes the back of a Settle, and this configuration allows easy access to the chest lid which forms the seat of the piece.[1][2][3] Percy Blandford notes that "whether monks ever used such a bench is debatable, but it is an attractive name".[4]

A monks bench was a very useful form at a time when many homes had a large room used for multiple functions, because it allowed a large dining table to swing up and out of the way.

Link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monks_bench

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PROVINCIAL FURNITURE: 'Provincial" furniture is the term used to describe pieces of furniture that were made in the more rural and rustic parts of the Country involved. Generally speaking, provincial pieces tend to be made from easily accessible local woods such as oak, ash and maple. Designs tended to be simpler in form than pieces made in the major cities. The major cities had greater access to more exotic imported woods and designs tended to be more more intricate and inspired by the prevailing global trends.Wealth also had a large part to play in most provincial pieces. Clearly, the wealthy people of the 17th, 18th and 19th Centuries wanted ONLY THE BEST AVAILABLE.............and would buy their furniture from high-end city retailers or manufacturers and often had then specifically made for them on commission. Ordinary folk could not afford this but would instead rely upon local cabinet makers for their furniture needs.

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19C French Provincial Oak Monks Bench.

Provenance: Bought from private dealer in Ireland.

Dimensions: 50" wide, 40" tall (when opened as a bench) and 20" deep

When closed (as a side table) it is 50" Wide, 30" tall and 20.25" deep

Condition: Excellent

Price: $2,750.00. Sale Price Now: $2,100.00 - SOLD

 

19C French Provincial Fold-Over Oak Monk's Bench and Side Table

19C French Provincial Fold-Over Oak Monk's Bench and Side Table

19C French Provincial Fold-Over Oak Monk's Bench and Side Table

19C French Provincial Fold-Over Oak Monk's Bench and Side Table

19C French Provincial Fold-Over Oak Monk's Bench and Side Table

19C French Provincial Fold-Over Oak Monk's Bench and Side Table

19C French Provincial Fold-Over Oak Monk's Bench and Side Table

19C French Provincial Fold-Over Oak Monk's Bench and Side Table

19C French Provincial Fold-Over Oak Monk's Bench and Side Table

19C French Provincial Fold-Over Oak Monk's Bench and Side Table