For other examples which are of very similar form see David Knell, English Country Furniture, Woodbridge, 2000, pp. 347-350. These rare settles are proper pieces of working furniture and exhibit much wear from age and use. Their high backs mean that beside a fire they kept the warmth in and the drafts out. Sometimes they were made from 'found' timber as in the present lot which features a seat made from a single section of shaped elm.
Lovely colour and of great charm. Traces of worm. Natural movement to timber. So chips and old marks to surface. Lovely colour. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."