This is an antique Chinese elm gate bench dating from the mid Qing Dynasty (1644-1912), circa 1800.
Beautiful patina and utterly solid this bench has an extremely desirable ‘country’ style and would grace any entrance hall or kitchen.
Gate benches were originally designed to be placed near an entrance gate, hence the name, but serve equally well as seating at a kitchen table or alike in the modern home.
The heavy, single plank seat is double tenoned fixing it securely to the frame which is rubustly constructed of splayed A-frames reinforced by twin stretchers and sculpted aprons. Each end has pierced ‘heaven and earth’ (square in a circle) decorative motifs typical of the culture and the whole has a rich, deep honey lustre.
Max Height: 55cm (21.5”)
Max Length: 161cm (63.25”)
Max Depth: 31cm (12.25”)
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