Beautiful original condition
Very old, hand carved, Bentheimer sandstone niche (1705) from a Dutch farmhouse in Herkenbosch close to the German border. The family lived there for generations. In completely original condition.
Dimensions: H: approx. 65 cm.
W: approx. 27 cm
D: approx. 15 cm
Bentheimer sandstone is a pure and relatively solid sandstone with a uniform structure, which lends itself to many purposes. The stone has a light yellow brown colour, that gets darker by weathering. Bentheimer sandstone was mined in quarries in the County of Bentheim in Germany and was referred to as 'Bentheimer Gold'.
The first mention of sandstone extraction dates back to ca. 1250 and affects grooves in Gildehaus. At the height of the production and trade, around 1600, there were nine quarries. The largest was between Bad Bentheim and Schüttorf. The Bentheimer sandstone was traded for centuries to the Münsterland, to East Friesland, and to the Netherlands. The sandstone was brought by horse and wagon from the grooves to the Steinmaat in Nordhorn. It was loaded on ships and transported to Zwolle over the river Vecht.
By the high costs of the traffic the Bentheimer sandstone was mainly used in important buildings such as City Hall, Royal Palace, and the Haarlemmerpoort in Amsterdam. The Town Hall of Zwolle also has a lot of sandstone. In the Netherlands less important buildings were made with wooden, painted parts in the paint colour "Bentheim", such as a number of Amsterdam Canal houses. Virtually all late-medieval churches in Twente and Westphalia are made of Bentheimer sandstone, for example the Basilica in Oldenzaal. Sandstone was used early on for fonts, grave stones, grinding stones, millstones and later for construction ornaments such as stairs and facing bricks. Also it was used for foundations of farms and edges of water wells. Bentheimer sandstone fountains are still sold as garden decorations. In Castle Bentheim one can see the sculpture Herrgott von Bentheim; It is an example of early Christian sandstone art. Also the Royal Palace on the Meir in Antwerp has been built with Bentheimer sandstone.
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|Iscritto dal:||9 ottobre 2016|
Good object, pity that small chipping on the back, fast shipping and good packaging.
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