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 French Renaissance Hall Bench ~ Sofa Table

19th Century French Renaissance Hall Bench ~ Sofa Table is an intriguing and ingenious multi-purpose piece that will endear itself to your family's hearts!  In its Hall Bench configuration it will serve admirably to provide a little extra seating in the entryway, hall, stairwell landing, or anywhere else a relatively shallow seat will work.  With the seat...
$1,750
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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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Bench, 19th Century Swedish Neoclassical Painted 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...
$2,600   $3,250
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19th Century Swedish Hand-Painted Trunk

19th Century Swedish Hand-Painted Trunk will make a charming selection as a coffee table, storage and a seat at the foot of the bed, or anywhere a rustic and whimsical family keepsake is needed!  Constructed of solid pine, it features copious storage inside, and a colorful decorative scheme on the facade in subtle earth tones.Circa 1880sMeasures 22H x...

Antique French Louis XV Needlepoint Banquette ~ Bench

Antique French Louis XV Needlepoint Banquette ~ Bench was sculpted from solid fruitwood, and given no less than six legs, each gracefully sculpted into a cabriole form with floral and foliate carvings, then interconnected with double lyre stretchers below, which in turn feature a carved rosette.  The legs support a subtly undulating apron carved with...
$1,480
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19th Century Country French Hall Bench with Carved Panels

19th Century Country French Hall Bench with Carved Panels is a remarkable example of the cabinetmaker's art!  Rendered from old-growth oak to last for centuries, it features raised & recessed panels on the trunk below, which has a seat that opens like a trunk to reveal copious storage.  Gracefully scrolled armrests and wingbacks lead the eye to the...
$2,980
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19th Century French Renaissance Hall Bench

19th Century French Renaissance Hall Bench is a stunning work of art, rendered antique furniture by the sculptor from solid old growth white oak to last for centuries!  An impressive norseman's head appears in full relief centered on the seatback, surrounded and supported by exquisite renderings of floral and foliates that cascade down to the bold...
$3,980
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18th Century Dutch Gothic Trunk

18th Century Dutch Gothic Trunk is a classic iteration of the timeless style that dates back to the 12th century!  This example, rendered from old-growth indigenous oak to last for centuries, was carefully hand-crafted from think planks then fitted with a hand-forged lockwork and finally carved across the front facade with superb geometric forms that are...
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19th Century Rustic Renaissance Petite Trunk

19th Century Rustic Renaissance Petite Trunk is a charming little piece, perfect for the foot of the bed, in an alcove or niche, or perhaps against the wall under a low window.  Beautifully carved across the entire facade including the boldly scrolled base, it features a top that lifts up via hand-forged iron strap hinges to access a modicum of storage...

Antique Hand Carved Oak Stool with Mohair

Antique Hand Carved Oak Stool with Mohair was rendered in the classical mode from fine French oak, and is ideal as a vanity bench, as well!  The classical form has its roots in ancient Greek architecture, with beautifully sawn hourglass side supports accented with a turned column and reinforced with a crosspiece subtly carved to match the carvings on the...
$1,195
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19th Century Swedish Painted Hall Bench ~ Trundle Bed

19th Century Swedish Painted Hall Bench ~ Trundle Bed is the perfect selection for the active family!  By day, a handsome, country style hall bench ~ by night, pull out the trundle, pop up the seat, and a mattress can be dropped in for overnight guests.  Handsome scrollwork is enhanced by the distressed painted finish for a rustic Gustavian effect.Circa...
$2,850
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18th Century French Gothic Trunk

18th Century French Gothic Trunk was hand-crafted from old-growth oak to last for generations and features a tailored expression of the Gothic style including a geometric pattern with foliate shapes on the front, below which appears a simpl scrolled apron.  The top opens to reveal capacious storage, and is hinged with hand-forged iron straps complementing...
$1,450
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Louis Philippe Period Swiss Painted Coffee Table

Louis Philippe Period Swiss Painted Coffee Table is about as charming as it can be!  Painted a lovely green overall, with hand-painted floral patterns on the sides, front and top, it also commemorates what are apparently two birthdays, most probably children that blessed the family.  One was born in 1840 and the other in 1849.  The top features two rails...
$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 
$435   $1,450
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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 Italian Gothic Bench

19th Century Italian Gothic Bench is a stunning piece of work, showcasing ancient furniture making technique while at the same time exhibiting styling from the Gothic discipline, all rendered in solid old-growth oak!  The seatback is held in place with posts fully mortised into the bench seat formed from beveled planks.  The same seatback posts have been...
$1,450
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19th Century French Gothic Hall Bench

19th Century French Gothic Hall Bench represents one of the most unusual and incredibly crafted hall benches we've ever been lucky enough to offer!  Ideal for creating a focal point in an entryway or hall, it features bold flanking scrolled side sections which are connected with intricately pierce-carved gallery railing on top, and surrounding the amazing...
$4,800
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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.  The elegant scrollwork of the frame is indicative of the talents of the woodcrafters, who created the basic scrolled shapes then...

Early 19th Century Country French Rustic Oak Trunk

Early 19th Century Country French 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!  The carved adornment depicts intricate floral petal designs on each side, with a bouquet of...
$1,650
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19th Century French Walnut Gothic Trunk

19th Century French Walnut Gothic Trunk represents the epitome of hand-crafted excellence, in what experts agree is the oldest formal furniture style, dating back to the mid-12th century!  Sculpting the sumptuous French walnut into fascinating geometric patterns for each of 6 panels, the artisans then defined the panels in the front into sections...
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Hall Bench, Country French Louis XV ~ 19th Century

This elegant 19th Century Country French Hall Bench started out as a trunk, then was converted to a hall bench by capable and talented artisans some time during the latter years of the 1800s.  The Rococo inspired carving appears across the undulating archwork of t he seatback, as well as across the entire trunk section below.  Scrolled arms add a touch of...
$1,980
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Vanity Chair, 19th Century French Louis XVI in Walnut

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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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!...
$1,200   $2,400
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19th Century Hand 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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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...
$5,900
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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 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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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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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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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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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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 Swedish Painted Trunk

19th Century Swedish Painted Trunk is a charming testament to rural artisans and hand-crafted heirlooms!  Using Alpine conifer wood, the trunk was fashioned using strong dovetailed corners with a nice base molding at the bottom just above the four bun feet.  The hand-painted whimsical design on the facade steals the show, with wildflower and other floral...

19th Century French Directoire Banquette ~ Armbench

19th Century French Directoire Banquette ~ Armbench is an elegant way to provide an airy, timeless look with more than enough room for two.  Mohair upholstery is serviceable but best if replaced with your coordinating fabric.  The graceful lines of the framework include eight tapered legs, a tailored apron, and subtly scrolled armrests on each end that...

19th Century English Pub Bench

19th Century English Pub Bench is a rare find, indeed!  Finished in panels all around, it can even be placed in the middle of the room if so desired.  Seven panels with a raised linenfold outline appear on both the seatback and the front apron.  Rustic armrests and extended feet add a nice touch.  Imagine whiling away the hours with a pint at your...

Antique French Louis XIV Hand-Carved Armbench

Antique French Louis XIV Hand-Carved Armbench features amazing sculpted detail on all four sides!  Look carefully, because the centerpieces on the apron depict different musical instruments on each side ~ one the lute, the other a violin and recorders.  Four boldly scrolled legs carved with acanthus plumes on the shoulders lead the eye down to the...

19th Century Gothic Revival Church Pew ~ Bench

19th Century Gothic Revival Church Pew ~ Bench was hand-crafted by master artisans from dense, old-growth indigenous oak, and literally made to last for centuries!  The stripped finish creates a soft effect for your more casual decors.  The Gothic Revival that occurred during the mid-1800s saw a resurgence in appreciation for the timeless style,...

Swedish Bench ~ Sofa, 19th Century Neoclassical Painted

19th Century Neoclassical Painted Swedish Bench ~ Sofa is a delightful elegant piece with carved detail enhanced with the scraped original painted finish on all sides.  Turned spindles define the seatback that wraps around each side, with Greek coin motif carved into the bordering.  The lower apron pulls out from the front for an extra storage space!Circa...

Early 19th Century Rustic Country French Trunk

Early 19th Century Rustic Country French Trunk is an excellent choice for the casual decor, and works equally as well at the foot of the bed, along a wall, or even as a coffee table with storage!  Lid opens to reveal considerable capacity.  A simplistic scroll design has been routed out of the front facade, with hand-forged hinges, lockwork and handles...

Pair 19th Century Neoclassical Stools

Pair 19th Century Neoclassical Stools were fashioned from solid fruitwood in a tailored, timeless rendition of the classic style, with a design that dates back to ancient Egypt!  A turned stretcher connects the double bowed leg structures, and helps support the leather seats.  Carved paw feet and rosettes provide adornment.  Leather needs...

Antique French Louis XVI Fruitwood Caned Armbench ~...

Antique French Louis XVI Fruitwood Caned Armbench ~ Vanity Bench is a delightful example of neoclassical styling combined with form and function to create the perfect lightweight armbench for use anywhere in the home, but ideal for the vanity.  Oval side arms are carved with spiral ribbon surrounding the caned inserts, with the same motif carved as molded...

18th Century Rustic Dutch Trunk

18th Century Rustic Dutch Trunk was designed from single, solid planks of old-growth oak to last for centuries!  Such pieces were the first recorded "cased furniture", and from which all other case furniture was derived.  Designed to transport earthly possessions from one locale to another, then serve as a storage vehicle whilst in the temporary location,...

19th Century Country French Hall Bench from Brittany

19th Century Country French Hall Bench from Brittany is a charming way to provide extra seating and storage, all in one piece!  Originally intended to be near an entryway for unexpected visitors, such hall benches have become popular for use anywhere in the home.  This example features quaint hand-carved rural figures across each of the five seatback...

Hall Bench, 19th Century Swedish Painted Pine

Hall Bench, 19th Century Swedish Painted Pine is a masterful rendition of the Gustavian flair that is so popular now worldwide.  This example boasts several layers of finish which have achieved a worn state that provides the epitome of the "shabby chic" look!  Neoclassical and Chinoiserie architecture combine to create the form.  Ideal for protected...