A large West Country oak wall settle, circa 1550
A large West Country oak wall settle, circa 1550 With plank seat and ten plain panels surmounted by arched crest-panels of Renaissance carving, including Romayne portraits of a bearded man, one end enclosed and having three hooks carved with human faces, 470cm long, 183cm high.
Literature: Acton Surgey, 3 Bruton Street, Bond Street W1, an advertisement in The Connnoisseur, June 1936. M. Adams-Acton, Wall seats and settles of the Sixteenth century. The Connoisseur, March 1948. R.W. Symonds, Domestic comfort in the Medieval Home: an illusion dispelled. The Connoisseur, June 1951. V. Chinnery, Oak Furniture, The British Tradition, 1979 & 2016, Fig 3:10 and 3:10a. This fine and rare wall settle belongs to a distinct group of settles from Devon and Somerset dating to the first half of the 16th century. Some have been documented in their farmhouse or hostelry locations and most have panels of linenfold. In the present example the panels are plainer and larger but have a more sophisticated cresting panel with Renaissance decoration including portrait medallions.