Luxury Design, Past & Present
The lovely symmetry and hand painted faux finish on this antique Romanian Hungarian bench circa 1875 remains as handsome today as when it was first created. The bench has an architectural inspiration with its solid base and open column pattern that surrounds the seat. Notice the open pediment arch that is centered on the back of the bench that makes reference to ancient Classical ruins. Please be sure to use the enlarge and zoom functions to see the hand painted details of the pattern of the faux paint used to resemble much fancier timber than the pine underneath the surface. The wear that exists from actual daily use is entirely random and adds a dimension to the visual effect of the bench impossible to achieve with new paint. The seat of the bench raises on its original iron hinges to reveal an enclosed storage space. This bench was always placed closest to the front door where wet outerwear could be easily shed and as such was used quite frequently. It is obvious that this bench was used on a regular basis as the middle of the seat shows the underlying pine timber where the paint has been entirely worn away. This spot is directly in front of the pediment arch on the back which is embellished with applied moldings. Now the bench possesses an almost sculptural presence and will be striking viewed from the front or either side. It may be placed in a protected outdoor area or anywhere inside a home to great effect.