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French to English translations [PRO] Art/Literary - Architecture / Manor house
French term or phrase:fenêtre à coussiège
Context - description of the interior of a manor house
Même si son aspect reste dépouillé, cette chambre devait être plutôt confortable : une cheminée en encorbellement de style Renaissance réchauffe la pièce, l’accès aux latrines est direct et une petite fenêtre à coussièges donne une vue agréable sur le parc.
This document is for tourists visiting the manor in question. So I do not need to go into the detail of whether it is recessed or not, so I opted for window seat, since I do not have a picture of it's actual design. It is definitely not a bow window. 4 KudoZ points were awarded for this answer
Curious, I can't find it in the TLF. It does appear to be stone and, more important, "dans l'embrasure d'une fenêtre." But It still *could* be a bay window, in stone, again considering that belle "vue agréable." Just can't say for sure, without a pic.
At a Renaissance date, it is *possible* that it could be a question of a bay/bow window with window seats (which is not what your castlelalatte.com/images/Image6.gif example is), esp. considering the "vue agréable."
Hi Miranda, Yes I think you are on the right lines - perhaps something along the lines of a "recessed window or embrasure with a window-seat". See this link: http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coussiège
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Explanation: I think you are right, see here (picture):
Below: view of the southwest tower at Narberth Castle ... throughout a bastion of English influence in the area. Below right: Window seat in Southwest Tower ... www.castlewales.com/narberth.html
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This document is for tourists visiting the manor in question. So I do not need to go into the detail of whether it is recessed or not, so I opted for window seat, since I do not have a picture of it's actual design. It is definitely not a bow window.