A fine, late-17th century, 8 seater, oak gateleg table
The oval top in three sections with the two flaps each made from two sections. The hinges original on one side and replaced, probably in the 19th century on the other. The frieze with a drawer on one side faced with a moulded edge. Standing on bobbin-turned legs joined by moulded square sections on original toes. Good configuration, colour and patina. English, second half of the 17th century.
The top of this fine table has developed a fine, mellow patina through its most likely use as a dining table over time. The surface at the edges has a lighter surface which is consistent with being handled and used more than the central area which has a deeper encrustation. The overall proportion of the table is solid and elegant, with the thick, top supported by the strong bobbin turnings which balance the overall proportion of the piece. The ergonomic design of gateleg tables is timeless as they continue to serve as dining, library and centre tables as in the late-17th century when customs changed and families began to dine privately in parlours rather than with the entire household.
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