A large and impressive solid walnut double gateleg drop-leaf table. Mid-17th century, ca 1650.
L or W: 71’’ (180 cm) flaps up, ie fully extended
D 30’’ (77cm) flaps down
H 30’’ (77cm).
Nb. It is rare to find large gate-leg tables of this early period in solid walnut. The simple ‘gun barrel’ supports help date this table to the early Commonwealth period (1649-1660).
The double-gateleg construction gives this design great stability.
Will accommodate up to ten people.
A useful and original working drawer at each end.
Lovely old characterful condition with historical repairs commensurate with its age. Original frame, drawers, legs, stretchers etc.
One or two later strengthening/ stabilising pieces added to the underside, as one would expect.
Retaining an old ‘Cowdray’ inventory label dated 1919. Cowdray is The Honourable Harold Pearson (Weetman Harold Miller Pearson 2nd Viscount Cowdray), aka The Right Honourable / The Viscount Cowdray (peer and MP).
During the last 65 years or so we have encountered fewer than six tables of this rarity, originality and remarkable size.
Ralph Edwards CBE FSA, Shorter Dictionary of English Furniture, Hamlyn (Fourth edition 1972) p. 551, ills. 9 & 10.