Antique Italian oak bench with upholstered seat, carved with remarkable details in relief. The back rest is embellished with a number of carved motifs from ribbons, flowers and masks to pairs of human figures. The arms end in a lion's paw with vines & flowers on the carved apron and the stretchers below with scrolled carving. The rich, caramel colored oak shows through the black finish which has worn away in areas due to years of use, adding to the wonderful deep patina. If of interest, there are a pair of matching armchairs that are sold seperately, Item #: 20291. The seat may easily be re-upholstered with modern fabric. This item is being sold in as is, original used condition as we discovered it in Europe. We invite you to contact us with any questions regarding this or other pieces, and hope to assist you further.