The Lord Raffles Winged Lion Settee Bench
Hand-carved hardwood antique replica
The stylized Medieval lions in this exquisite, 4½-foot-wide work of fine furniture art fan their wings to form the amazing arms and sides of this settee unparalleled in beauty. More than a week of hand-carving by our master craftsmen is required for the hardwood lion faces, paw feet and Gothic egg & dart detail of our medium-sized sofa. Named after Lord Thomas Stamford Raffles, who founded the British colony of Singapore, our bench is blanketed in luxurious, luxurious brown and antique gold upholstery with a velvety texture. The wide-seated comfort of this high-quality, Toscano-exclusive bench makes it a Gothic statement piece for any room.
54"Wx29½"Dx37½"H. 92 lbs.
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  • Fabric content: 60% polyester / 40% cotton
  • Floor to top of seat: 15½"
  • Depth of seat: 21"
  • Sir Stamford Raffles (1781-1826)

    On first seeing Singapore, which was then a small fishing village, Raffles, a particularly forward-looking and benevolent agent of the East India Company, grasped its potential as an entrepot (or trans-shipment) port. He thereupon purchased the island for the East India Company from the Sultan of Johor and invited Chinese and Indians to immigrate to the new town, thus inaugurating Singapore' s present multi-cultural society. During the short time that Raffles visited Singapore, he founded a girl's school and other institutions.

    Unfortunately, his wife and children died there from illness, and shortly after his return to England he died of a brain tumor, having lost his fortune when a bank in India crashed. Some months before his death, the British government refused a pension for Raffles, one the most important, as well as most benign, creators of the British Empire.

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