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An exceptional, museum quality, mid-17th century cedarwood, panelled & trestle-end, gateleg table

1640 - 1660
103.00cm wide (40.55 inches wide)
74.00cm high (29.13 inches high)
43.50cm deep (17.13 inches deep)
Description / Expertise
The thick, oval, plank top is in three sections creating multi-functional versatility; a centre, writing or informal supper table when extended, an occasional table fitting into the corner of a room or against a wall with one flap up and a narrow occasional table with both flaps down. The flaps are made from three, boards and the hinges supporting each flap are original. The top is pegged into the base below. The gates pivot on original ‘H’ hinges. The important feature of this table is the wide panelled ends, echoing the design of wainscot that would, almost certainly, have decorated the room that this table stood in, ending in trestle feet which are inspired by 16th century form and illustrate the transitional quality of this table. The base board and panelled ends are tenoned into the trestle feet. This table has developed an exceptional, lustrous patina over time, crusty in some areas and thinner from use in others. It is difficult to date precisely but was most likely made during the second quarter of the 17th century.

United Kingdom
This is a more sophisticated table than the comparative made from oak and cedar that survives at Ham House and is illustrated in Thornton, R & Tomlin, M. The Furnishing and Decoration of Ham House, The Furniture History Society, 1980, fig.52 and Bowett, A. English Furniture 1660-1714, p.107, plates 4:1,2. The Ham House table was one of fourteen recorded in the 1677 inventories. The V & Museum has a table of this form W.48-1910 which has a replaced top and gates & was purchased from a West Country dealer T. Charbonnier in 1910 for £11 & is illustrated in Measured drawings of English Furniture, P.E.Marx and M.S.Taylor (London, 1931), as plate 14.
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