This really is a Gothic stunner. It was based on a Wm. Burges original. Although shown partially finished (above Left),
the finished piece is very striking. It has a very strong architectural feel. The seat lid opens for plenty of storage,
the seat could also have a cushion for extra comfort, as the original had. The top of the columns hold either
church candles ( which reflect beautifully off the Gold background ), or could be wired for electric lights.
The top panel incorporates Burges' Signs of the Zodiac Medieval figures dancing a breakdown either side of Sol, on a gold leafed ground.
The piece is extensively painted & stencilled all over, typical of Burges's best furniture. Above left shows the inspiration for this piece, Burges's original Zodiac settle - We have measured drawings for this & could reproduce it if you have deep pockets! This new settle is quite a slim piece, and would sit happily in a hallway, but could look just as good in a modern loft apartment to give some character and focal point. Overall size; ht 70" x w65" xd17.5". Made to order.
This is another turn of the century settle we greatly admire, and would love to make it for an interested client. The original was actually a Bishop's settle, painted around the turn of the century, with a Byzantine flavour and Pre-raphaelite style back panels. The main colour was Ivory. The use of cushions are optional, but do add to the richness, comfort and look of the piece.