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A PAIR OF MID-VICTORIAN ROSEWOOD HALL BENCHES, each with concave-fronted rectangular top and moulded edge on spirally-fluted turned front supports with waisted turned feet and joined by a solid panelled back with reeded band

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A PAIR OF MID-VICTORIAN ROSEWOOD HALL BENCHES, each with concave-fronted rectangular top and moulded edge on spirally-fluted turned front supports with waisted turned feet and joined by a solid panelled back with reeded band
66½in. (169cm.) wide; 17½in. (44cm.) high (2)

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The stools' elegant reed-enriched columnar legs have hollow-waisted feet that derive from the British Museum's Thebes stool, which appeared amongst the 'Ancient Aegyptian Furniture' illustrated in the Building News, 17 December 1875. The feature was adapted by furniture designers such as the architect Edward Godwin (d. 1886). Some of his furniture in the antique manner was manufactured by William Watt of the Art Furniture Warehouse, Grafton Street, and was illustrated in the Building News, Decemer 1884. These stools may have been manufactured by Collinson and Lock, whose work was influenced by Godwin and who executed a sideboard with cable-reeded legs, illustrated J. Cooper, Victorian and Edwardian Furniture and Interiors, London, 1987, fig. 337
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