Antique Benches and Trunks

Indisputably the first cased furniture, the lowly Antique Trunk has evolved into a magnificent possession that is prized by families across the world. Some unnamed enterprising artisan added armrests and a seatback to the trunk, and voila, the antique hall bench was conceived!  Antique Furniture like this design can prove useful and attractive in any room of the home or office, including small nooks, hallways, entryways, and the now-popular "mud room".  Also ideal at the foot of the bed, or even as a coffee table, antique trunks and antique benches are so well established, we know they will still be a decorative and functional antique furniture choice for centuries to come!  View our entire selection at Inessa Stewart Antiques Online Wholesale Antique Furnituire Store ~ OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!

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19th Century Spanish Raised Cabinet Carved with Don...

19th Spanish Raised Cabinet Carved with Don Quixote is a charming piece unto itself, and sometime in the early 20th century a stand was made for it with brass handles installed on the sides to make it more of a useful cabinet.  What a charming way to add a Mediterranean flair to any room! Trunk 1890s Measures 50H x 42.5W x 17D; opens to 35D
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18th Century Rustic Country French Trunk

18th Century Rustic Country French Trunk features fine hand-carved detailing in solid old-growth oak on the facade, with a lid that opens up to reveal a great storage space plus a candlebox, which held essential sources of lighting in the bygone era!  Hand-forged strap hinges and loop handles add a timeless touch.  Ideal at the foot of the bed, as a...
$1,035   $1,150
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19th Century Swedish Painted Sofa ~ Bench

19th Century Swedish Painted Sofa ~ Bench is a jewel of a find, with a high gallery rail on three sides perfect for bunching up pillows.  The clean, uncluttered lines are inspired by the classic style, and when combined with the rustic slightly distressed finish ensures it will work with almost any decor!  Painted finish has achieved a lovely patina over...
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19th Century Spanish Trunk

19th Century Spanish Trunk makes a great coffee table, seat plus storage at the foot of the bed, or under a window.  There are so many uses for such a versatile piece we can't list them all!  This example features a charming brass tack pattern that must have taken extraordinary patience and skill to execute! Circa 1860s Measures 16H x 45W x 19D
$1,200
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19th Century Spanish Trunk

19th Century Spanish Trunk makes a great coffee table, seat plus storage at the foot of the bed, or under a window.  There are so many uses for such a versatile piece we can't list them all!  This example features a charming brass tack pattern that must have taken extraordinary patience and skill to execute! Circa 1860s Measures 20H x 41W X 20.5D

19th Century French Louis XVI Walnut Vanity Chair

19th Century French Louis XVI Walnut Vanity Chair is a study in ergonomics before the word was even coined!  Circular plush cushion seat is fitted with just under half of the circumference with a low gallery seatback.  Acanthus plumes carved into the seatback supports were artistically rendered, and the tapered & fluted legs provide support.  Mohair...
$1,250
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18th Century Dutch Baroque Painted Hall Bench

18th Century Dutch Baroque Painted Hall Bench is a work of the wood sculptor's art!  Highlighted in paint with gold finishing touches, it features motifs from an urn centered on the seatback crown to elaborate acanthus plumes pierce-carved for a light and airy effect.  Even the scrolled armrests are beautifully carved, and lead the eye down to the...
$6,860   $9,800
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Antique Indian Inlaid Trunk

Antique Indian Inlaid Trunk features amazing inlay work using exotic species of rare woods and simulated ivory to create a remarkably artistic scene on the top, and even on each side!  Such pieces were typically part of a daughter's dowry.  This example was recently reupholstered on the interior, and features an unusual two-tiered opening that reveals two...
$1,610   $2,300
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Antique French Louis XV Painted Stool

Antique French Louis XV Painted Stool makes a great accent for any room, especially when paired with the vanity viewable in the Related Items below left.  Upholstery is in good condition but easily replaced with your coordinating fabric.  Two toned painted finish enhances the subtle carved detail. As of this writing a matching vanity/writing table is...

Antique French Louis XIV Painted Bench

Antique French Louis XIV Painted Bench is an excellent choice for hallway or stairwell landing seating, and makes a great piece for the foot of the bed, as well!  Note the acanthus flourishes that are suspended below the upholstery for a light and airy effect, with complementary acanthus leaves on the shoulders of the cabriole legs which terminate in...
$1,600
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19th Century Italian Baroque Walnut Stool ~ Bench

19th Century Italian Baroque Walnut Stool ~ Bench features elegant lines, beautifully executed hand-carved detail, and a relatively recently upholstered seat that is quite easy to re-upholster in your coordinating fabric. Circa 1880s Measures 20H x 17W x 16D

19th Century Italian Painted Bench with Angels

19th Century Italian Painted Bench with Angels features incredible hand-carved sculptures of angels on each end and at the middle, originally designed as a church pew for an opulent private chapel.  Distressed painted finish adds a pleasing touch. Circa 1880s Measures 36H x 94W x 23D
$6,900
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19th Century Italian Renaissance Walnut Armbench

19th Century Italian Renaissance Walnut Armbench features a style a grace that date back thousands of years to ancient Greece and Rome!  Sculpted from solid indigenous walnut, it boasts a lyre-shaped framework with arched gallery across the seatback.  Exquisite acanthus plumes add an opulent touch.  Ready to upholster in your favorite fabric or leather!...
$2,400
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18th Century Rounded Stripped Oak Foyer ~ Bay Bench

18th Century Stripped Oak Rounded Foyer ~ Bay Bench was hand-crafted from solid old-growth oak in a crescent shape, designed for four seats complete with armrests!  Solid panel backs are embellished with facing arches for a classic touch, yet the overall effect is a very rustic Country French look.  Scrolled legs and stretchers below provide...
$4,537   $6,980
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Pair 19th Century French Hand Carved Spool Leg Stools

Pair 19th Century Hand Carved Spool Leg Stools are just the thing for accent seating, footstools, or even lamp tables with a special Old World panache! Circa 1880s Each measures 19H x 15W x 14.5D
$449   $998
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19th Century French Renaissance Carved & Stripped Hall...

19th Century French Renaissance Carved & Stripped Hall Bench celebrates the splendor of the Renaissance with magnificent artistic hand-carved sculpture across the entire facade!  The multiple arches of the seatback crown create a stunning visual effect, centered with an heraldic crest, with carved panels surrounded by carved framework extending down...
$1,390   $2,780
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19th Century Painted Black Forest Footed Trunk

19th Century Painted Black Forest Footed Trunk is a charming artifact from a bygone era, hand-crafted by talented artisans in Germany along the French border.  The paw feet lift the trunk off the floor, with wooden carrying rings on each side, and a carved & painted design on the front, back and rounded top that adds to the allure. Circa 1870s...
$880   $1,100
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18th Century Dutch Hand Carved Stripped Oak Trunk

18th Century Dutch Hand Carved Stripped Oak Trunk was crafted by the master artisans with a preference for the Renaissance style, and was made from indigenous old-growth quarter-sawn oak to last for centuries!  Stripped finish makes it even more compatible with today's casual and rustic decors. Circa 1780s Measures 27H x 58.5W x 23D
$645   $1,290
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Antique French Louis XV Painted Vanity Stool

Antique French Louis XV Painted Vanity Stool features boldly scrolled legs and apron carved with shell and foliate motifs, enhanced by the patinaed painted finish.  New neutral upholstery only adds to the allure! Circa early to mid-1900s Measures 17.5H x 16.5W x 16.5D

19th Century Italian Stripped Oak Hall Bench

19th Century Italian Renaissance Hall Bench is ideal for creating an Old World atmosphere in any room! Hand-carved with differing motifs across the top panels, the rest of the panels on the seatback are treated to linenfold motifs.  The lower panels feature classic Italian motifs, with gracefully scrolled and carved armrests, while the seat opens up for...
$3,800
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19th Century Italian Stripped Oak Hall Bench

19th Century Italian Renaissance Hall Bench is ideal for creating an Old World atmosphere in any room! Hand-carved with differing motifs across the top panels, the rest of the panels on the seatback are treated to linenfold motifs.  The lower panels feature classic Italian motifs, with gracefully scrolled and carved armrests, while the seat opens up for...
$3,800
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19th Century Swedish Neoclassical Painted Bench with...

Hand-crafted by talented Swedish artisans during the 19th Century, then given a Painted Finish with Gold Highlights, this charming 19th Century Swedish Neoclassical Sofa - Armbench is perfect for adding a light and airy look!  Featuring its original needlepoint tapestry upholstery, it will offer a wonderful Old World touch to any room.Circa 1880sMeasures...
$2,275   $3,250
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19th Century Country French Baroque Stripped Oak Hall...

Charming 19th Century Country French Stripped Oak Hall Bench features a decidedly Baroque influence in the hand-carved bas relief that appears on the seat/trunk below and the seatback itself.  Seat opens to reveal immense storage for blankets or pillows, etc!  Hand-crafted from solid old-growth oak, stripped to reveal century old patina and beauty of the...
$1,960   $2,450
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17th Century French Louis XIII Period Petit Trunk

17th Century French Louis XIII Petit Trunk was obviously meant for a cozy nook, and features unadorned pyramidal panels and a surprising amount of storage inside! Circa 1690s Measures 25H x 25.5W x 19D
$790   $1,580
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Early 18th Century Dutch Colonial Trunk with Brass...

Early 18th Century Dutch Colonial Trunk with Brass Engraved Hardware is the perfect choice for a coffee table, at the foot of the bed, or storage in any room, with a seat on top in the bargain!  Considered the great-grandfather of all cased furniture, such trunks were indispensable for storing and transporting a family's possessions.  Finely crafted brass...
$1,450
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Rustic Country French Oak Bench ~ Stool

Rustic Country French Oak Bench ~ Stool is the perfect choice for the ranch house, lake house, mountain retreat or any casual decor!  Hand-hewn from solid oak! Circa turn-of-the-century. Measures 12.5H x 12W x 7.5D

Rustic Country French Oak Bench ~ Stool

Rustic Country French Oak Bench ~ Stool is the perfect choice for the ranch house, lake house, mountain retreat or any casual decor!  Hand-hewn from solid oak! Circa turn-of-the-century. Measures 11H x 13W x 6D

19th Century Rustic Swedish Pine Painted Trunk

19th Century Rustic Swedish Pine Painted Trunk makes a great choice as a sofa table, at the foot of the bed, or as a rustic coffee table, ready for generations of service!  Storage inside only adds to its appeal.  Hand-crafted from solid oak. Circa 1840s Measures 23H x 46W x 27D

Antique Rustic Painted Bench

Antique Rustic Painted Bench is perfect for adding a provincial charm to any room! Circa turn-of-the-century. Measures 35H x 75.5W x 15D
$490   $980
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Antique Italian Hand-Painted Hall Bench

Antique Italian Hand-Painted Hall Bench is a charming piece that would thrill any one young, or young at heart!  Hand-painted over the entire seatback and trunk front in pastel yet vibrant colors, the artist has depicted floral bouquets as well as scrolled shell motifs for bordering.  Seat lifts up to reveal a nice storage space! Circa early 1900s...
$600   $1,200
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19th Century Rustic Whitewashed Hall Bench

19th Century Rustic Whitewashed Hall Bench was magnificently hand-carved from solid oak from top to bottom, and from side to side!  Elaborate Renaissance-inspired bas relief abounds in the bordering, panels even the armrests.  Whitewashed finish lends a light and airy look, while the seat opens up to provide convenient storage. Circa 1850s Measures 58H x...
$1,600   $3,200
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19th Century French Renaissance Trunk with Grape &...

NOW 50% OFF! 19th Century French Renaissance Trunk with Grape & Wheat Harvest is a remarkable testament to an obviously talented sculptor who immortalized the three concepts of the grape & wheat harvest, also representing bread and wine, and finally representing the Last Supper.  Hand-crafted from old-growth oak to last for centuries! Circa 1860s...
$990   $1,980
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18th Century Rustic Trunk

The ideal coffee table or seat (with storage!) at the foot of the bed, this Antique 18th Century Rustic Trunk was built to last for centuries!  Charming provincial appeal is a result of talented rural artisans using only hand-tools to produce a timeless family heirloom. Circa 1780s Measures 28H x 49.5W x 18D
$398   $995
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19th Century French Louis XVI Painted Armbench

19th Century French Louis XVI Painted Armbench features a transitional scrolled armrest support with neoclassical styling throughout the remainder of this remarkably well-preserved work!  Hand-carved detail is enhanced by the patinaed painted finish, with a caned seat for lightweight comfort. Circa 1890s Measures 27.5H x 25W x 15D - Seat 16.5H
$745   $1,490
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19th Century French Louis XVI Painted Armbench

19th Century French Louis XVI Painted Armbench features neoclassical styling throughout the framework of this remarkably well-preserved example of the woodworker's art!  Hand-carved detail is enhanced by the patinaed painted finish, with a caned seat for lightweight comfort. Circa 1890s Measures 26H x 31W x 16.5D - Seat 15.5H
$825   $1,650
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Antique Petit Gothic Trunk

Antique Petit Gothic Trunk is an ideal choice for the bedroom, providing a seat, storage, and a little Old World charm all at once!  Solid oak combined with hand-forged iron strap hinges makes it most appealing. Circa early 1900s Measures 19.5H x 23W x 19D

18th Century Doughbox (Petrin) Sofa Table ~ Sideboard

18th Century Doughbox (Petrin) Sofa Table ~ Sideboard is a marvelous artifact from a bygone era, before the days of the big box supermarkets and the ubiquitous convenience store.  Everyone then had to make their own bread daily, or they simply went without.  As such all families owned a doughbox which served triple duty~ to provide a surface to work and...
$1,450
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17th Century Spanish Rustic Trunk

NOW 50 % OFF! 17th Century Spanish Rustic Trunk ~ Hand-crafted in the late 1600s by able Spanish artisans in the rural area surrounding Barcelona, this Rustic Antique Spanish Trunk will make an ideal addition to your casual decor. 22.5H x 56W x 22D Circa 1680's.
$439   $975
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Antique Liegoise Regence Stripped Low Buffet

Antique Liegoise Regence Stripped Low Buffet is a fine example of the master artisans of Liege, famous for centuries for producing exceptional quality furnishings, hand-crafted using traditional methods handed down from generation to generation.  This piece was rendered in solid oak, and features bold molding and carved excellence which appears across the...
$2,480
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Pair Antique Painted and Gilded Wood Communion Rails -...

Pair Antique Painted and Gilded Wood Communion Rails - Balustrades are ideal to separate open spaces, place with a window, or create a special space. Circa 1900-1910 Each measures 34.5H x 64.5W x 16D
$2,723   $3,890
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Rustic Antique Country French Stripped Oak Low Buffet...

Ideal as an Antique Coffee Table, at the foot of the bed, or as an Antique Bench, this Rustic Antique Country French Stripped Oak Low Buffet ~ Trunk was hand-crafted from solid old-growth quarter-sawn oak to last for generations!  Wonderfully charming hand-carved detailing on the facade will add an instant provincial touch to your home. Circa 1900-1910...
$479   $799
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19th Century French Louis XVI Upholstered Bench

19th Century French Louis XVI Upholstered Bench features an unusual six legs with rounded ends making it much more ergonomic and sturdy than its contemporaries!  Hand-crafted from solid fruitwood, it features carved sculpture all around the apron and on each leg.  Very recently upholstered in faux leather for years of enjoyment! Circa 1890s Measures 19H x...
$1,400   $1,750
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Pair Antique Italian Baroque Giltwood Armbenches

Pair Antique Italian Baroque Gilt-wood Armbenches feature a restrained version of the style with gracefully and naturalistic scrolled framework extending from the double upholstered armrests above to the feet below.  Shell and foliate motifs adorn the framework, which is enhanced by its original gold finish which has achieved a lovely patina.  Silk damask...
$3,984   $4,980
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18th Century Rustic Oak Trunk

18th Century Rustic Oak Trunk features charming hand-carved embellishment on the front, forged iron handles on the sides, and a ton of rural Country French charm perfect for using at the foot of the bed, as a coffee table, or under a window! Circa 1790s Measures 25H x 47W x 20.5D
$1,155   $1,650
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Antique Stripped Solid Oak Gothic Hamper

This Antique Stripped Oak Gothic Hamper is the perfect choice for the bathroom, foot of the bed, hallway, children's bedroom, or anywhere you need some interesting storage and an occasional place to sit!  Even makes a great kindling box next to the fireplace!Circa early 1900sMeasures 23H x 32W x 20.5D 
$493   $1,450
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19th Century Hand-Carved Flemish Trunk

19th Century Hand-Carved Flemish Trunk has been lavished with sculpted detail on all three sides, and includes four recessed finely molded panels forming the top, which opens to reveal capacious storage.  Ideal at the foot of the bed, in a hallway, under a flat panel TV, the uses are endless for this ancestor of all cased furniture designs! Circa 1860s...
$1,386   $1,980
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19th Century Rustic Gothic Trunk

19th Century Rustic Gothic Trunk makes an ideal choice as a coffee table, hall piece or at the foot of the bed.  Hand-crafted from solid quarter sawn oak to last for centuries! Circa 1880s Measures 24H x 39.5W x 19D
$1,386   $1,980
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18th Century Rustic Country French Trunk

18th Century Rustic Country French Trunk features elaborate hand-carved detailing in solid old-growth oak on the facade, with a lid that opens up to reveal surprising storage!  Exquisite sunflower and foliate motifs surrounded by fishscale panels adorn the facade, all sculpted by hand.  Great as a coffee table, at the foot of the bed, or anywhere a...
$1,386   $1,980
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19th Century Rustic Gothic Stripped Oak Trunk

19th Century Rustic Gothic Stripped Oak Trunk features fine hand-carved detailing in solid old-growth oak on the facade, with a lid that opens up to reveal a great storage space!  Ideal at the foot of the bed, as a coffee table, or anywhere a functional seat is desired. Circa 1850s Measures 28H x 58W x 19.5D
$686   $980
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Antique Rustic Painted Bench

Antique Rustic Painted Bench is perfect for adding a provincial charm to any room! Circa turn-of-the-century. Measures 36H x 74W x 13D
$686   $980
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Antique Queen Anne Needlepoint Bench

Antique Queen Anne Needlepoint Bench features tailored lines with boldly scrolled legs and club feet, topped with hand-woven needlepoint for lasting, durable beauty. Circa early 1900s Measures 17H x 38W x 17D
$680   $850
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Pair Antique French Louis XV Needlepoint Painted...

Pair Antique Needlepoint Painted Vanity Stools features classic Louis XV inspired lines with carved detail enhanced by the patinaed painted finish, all topped with hand-woven tapestry for lasting, durable beauty. Circa early 1900s Each measures 17H x 18W x 15D
$980   $1,225
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19th Century Swedish Carved & Painted Trunk

19th Century Swedish Carved & Painted Trunk boasts a delightfully naturalistic full relief carving that adorns the entire front, with linenfold panels on each side, all enhanced by the patinaed painted finish.  Hand-forged iron hinges and lockworks add to the allure. Circa 1860s Measures 21H x 46.5W x 20D
$1,160   $1,450
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Set of 3 Antique Foot Hand Carved Oak Stools with Mohair

Set of 3 Antique Foot Hand Carved Oak Stools with Mohair were rendered in the classical mode from fine French oak, and are ideal as vanity benches, as well! Circa 1900 Each measures 22H x 18W x 18D
$2,600
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18th Century Spanish Trunk

18th Century Spanish Trunk is a great choice for a rustic coffee table, storage at the foot of the bed, or anywhere a little seat and some space is needed! Circa 1770s Measures 20H x 34.5W x 18D
$1,980
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Mid-Century Rustic Spanish Trunk

This Mid-Century Rustic Spanish Trunk comes complete with hand-hammered iron hinges and lockwork for an authentic reproduction of the 16th century trunks that were common in Spain at the time.  Hand-crafted from solid oak to last for generations, it has a wonderful Old World look!Circa 1960sMeasures 21.5H x 43W x 19D
$454   $698
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Rustic Italian Box/Trunk ca. 1900

Designed to hold various office accoutrements, this Antique Rustic Italian Box/Trunk still bears an inscription on the label in Italian on the bottom.  What a way to add a little charm to your desk, bookcase or anywhere in the home or office! Circa 1900 Measures 11H x 33W x 15D
$199   $398
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Italian Steamer Trunk ca. 1900

NOW 70% OFF ~ Italian Steamer Trunk ca. 1900 Measures 21H x 39W x 22D
$150   $499
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19th Century Italian Hand Carved Renaissance Hall Bench

NOW 50% OFF! Grand 19th Century Renaissance Hall Bench from an Italian Villa in northern Italy. This decorative bench was handsomely hand carved with angels, dolphins and gryffins in elaborate detail. The whole piece sits on adorable Renaissance style feet. Many grand details of this antique furniture make this fine piece truly a treasure of master...
$3,990   $7,980
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Antique French Louis XV Needlepoint Stool

Antique French Louis XV Needlepoint Stool features an elegantly hand-carved walnut framework that reflects the style with gracefully scrolled cabriole legs and undulating apron all adorned with floral and foliate carvings.  The hand-knotted needlepoint seat speaks for itself with a floral bouquet and fancy bordering executed in three colors on a beige...

19th Century French Louis XV Walnut Armbench

19th Century French Louis XV Walnut Armbench was beautifully sculpted from the finest indigenous wood in Europe, with graceful, naturallistic form and scrollwork, floral and foliate carvings all around.  Supported by four elegant cabriole legs, it features scrolled and contoured armrests making it ideal for the vanity, sofa table seat, or even a footrest....

Antique Country French Provincial Hall Bench

Antique Country French Provincial Hall Bench is a charming way to decorate an entryway, hallway, stairwell landing, or any space that needs a little rustic French charm!  Place a cushion on top for maximum comfort, and enjoy the storage space underneath the trunk-style seat! Circa early 1900s Measures 45H x 44W x 19D; seat 19H

19th Century Gothic Trunk

19th Century Gothic Trunk is the ideal choice for hallways, at the foot of the bed, use as a coffee table, and the list keeps growing!  Hand-crafted from solid old-growth oak to last for centuries. Circa 1860s Measures 23.5H x 46W x 25.5D

Antique French Gothic Low Buffet - Console - Sofa Table

Antique French Gothic Low Buffet - Console - Sofa Table is perfect behind the sofa, at the foot of the bed, or on a wall as a TV platform!  Timeless styling and sturdy hand-craftsmanship make this a winner for any casual decor.  Storage is accessible via the hinged lid, like a trunk. Circa early 1900s Measures 36H x 44W x 16.5D