Cardinal Richelieu’s limestone bench – 17th century
Cardinal Richelieu’s limestone bench – 17th century: 17th century French limestone bench with known provenance from the lavish parks and water gardens created in the 17th century at the Château de Reul initially from 1606 to 1620 by Jean de Moisset (an important financier of Henri IV) and subsequently by the Cardinal Richelieu (1585-1642) under Louis XIII’s reign. This bench is one of the last vestiges of the château and water gardens which pre-dated Versailles, but following decline were demolished and sub-divided after the French Revolution by the Maréchal Massena. The bench has come through 350 years outdoors in remarkable condition. On display at BCA’s Maine & Loire premises at L’Hotellerie-de-Flée. Metric dimensions approx: Length 575cm. Overall height 100cm. Seat height 50cm. Seat platform front to back 49cm. Imperial dimensions approx: Length almost 19 feet. Overall ht 3ft 4 ins. Seat ht 20 inches. Seat platform front to back 19 inches. Export document supplied.