Luxury Design, Past & Present
This antique English oak drop leaf table circa 1790 has a robust and bold profile. First appearing in seventeenth century England as a regular household item of furniture drop leaf tables were indispensible for living well. Traditionally made of oak, the strongest timber available in England, drop leaf tables were constructed with durability and strength foremost as they were often used daily. Placed close to the fire when the weather outside was frigid and by an open window in the hot summer drop leaf tables were employed to fit a variety of activities. With both leaves down the shallow depth made them easy to be placed against a wall while with one or both leaves extended and supported by the gate legs the table could accomodate a meal or a game or a task like sewing or embroidery. Please notice the handsome profile of the baluster legs that are all joined by stretchers as well as the long drawer that is featured at one end. The deep rich colour of the oak on this George III period table is lustrous and the visible pegged construction adds to its antique appeal. Table top is 20" wide with both leaves down.