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A MAGNIFICENT AND RARE GOTHIC HIGH BACKED SETTLE. ANGLO-FRENCH. CIRCA 1450-80.

A MAGNIFICENT AND RARE GOTHIC HIGH BACKED SETTLE. ANGLO-FRENCH. CIRCA 1450-80.

THIS EXCEPTIONALLY RARE BOX SEATED SETTLE IS ALMOST ALL ORIGINAL, IT HAS A WONDERFUL PALE MEDIEVAL COLOUR, TRACES OF ORIGINAL POLYCHROME AND GILDING CAN BE SEEN IN THE EXTREMITIES OF THE CARVING.
THE TOP RAIL IS CARVED WITH GOTHIC CORONETS ABOVE THREE CENTRAL GOTHIC TRACERY PANELS EACH PANEL CENTRED BY TWO CARVED POPPY HEADS, IDENTICAL TO THOSE SEEN ON 15TH CENTURY ENGLISH CHURCH PEW ENDS, THE PLAIN PART OF EACH PANEL BELOW THE TRACERY SHOWS THE LARGE MEDULLARY RAYS IN THE OAK TYPICAL OF ENGLISH OAK. THE LOWER BOX SECTION CARVED WITH FOUR LINENFOLD PANELS TO THE FRONT AND ONE LONG LINENFOLD PANEL TO EACH END, ORIGINAL LOCKPLATE, HASP AND HINGES REMAIN.
A TRULY RAE GOTHIC OAK SETTLE FROM THE MID TO LATE 15TH CENTURY.