AN EXCEPTIONALLY RARE HENRY VIII “FORDE ABBEY” SETTLE. CIRCA 1540.
THIS EXCEEDINGLY RARE TUDOR OAK SETTLE HAS A TOP RAIL CARVED WITH ELLIPTICAL LEAF DECORATION, ABOVE A TEN PANELLED BACK. THE THICK SLAB SIDES WITH DOWN SWEPT ARMS, THE SIDES AND ARMS WITH ZIG ZAG CARVED DECORATION. THE THICK FRONT LEGS WITH WONDERFUL KNÜLL CARVED DECORATION,TERMINATING ON HEAVY CARVED SLEDGEBFEET.
EXTREMELY RARE TO FIND A TUDOR OAK SETTLE OF THIS TYPE ANS PERIOD.
PROVENANCE-ORIGINALLY CAME FROM THE 12th CENTURY FORDE ABBEY, CHARD, SOMERSET.
Founded in the twelfth century, Forde Abbey flourished as a monastery for four hundred years, during which time it became one of the richest and most learned institutions of its kind in England. The last Abbot, Thomas Chard, was perhaps the greatest and is certainly the best remembered. He succeeded in 1521, and applied his substantial fund of learning, energy and imagination to a comprehensive overhaul and reconstruction of the fabric of the Abbey.
STOCK NO 1997.