Late 18th century English antique twin pedestal (or twin pillar) dining table in mahogany, retaining its original leaf, and in original state.
The pedestals with well drawn down-curved legs terminating in the original brass cappings and castors. The figured tops of good colour.
These much sought after pedestal tables are preferable to the numerous other designs of Georgian dining tables, as they are much easier to sit at. Also chairs tuck away conveniently. The two ends of this table tilt, retaining all their original mechanisms. This feature is an indication of good design which enables the table, if necessary, to be stored vertically when not in use.
See Christies, 24th January 2008, a very similar mahogany twin pedestal dining table – Sold @ £ 9375.00.
Christies sold a two pedestal mahogany dining table @ £35,259: lot 136, 14th June 2001.
W: 118 cm
H: 73 cm
L: 141 cm – 211 cm with extra leaf in position
N.b. Historically every house has needed a dining table. This has given rise to a huge demand with a limited supply of genuine antique pedestal or pillar dining tables, resulting in a large number of ‘made-up’ and altered pedestal dining tables. It is essential that any prospective purchaser satisfies him/herself as to authenticity.
The Georgian pedestal dining table, which is most sought after, has commonly been subjected to substantial alterations. Beware of euphemisms such as: style; basically; incorporating old wood; restored; altered; with contemporary elements; possibly 19th century; etc.
The individual tops must always be of one piece. Many have added, later insertions, often supported on parallel bars.
All top sections must be of the same figured timber and the usual three tongue and grooves securing the leaves must line up correctly.
Examine the undersides for evidence of alterations. The pedestals must be original to the tops, so many are ‘marriages’ and re-constructions often using old elements. Period pedestal dining tables of this form, and pre 1810, were rarely if ever cross banded. Later versions may have aprons or skirts.
Edges and legs should be plain, moulded or reeded if after circa 1810. A thumb nail moulding is indicative of a later date. Ensure the brass fittings have remained undisturbed. Square brass cappings indicate a slightly earlier date than claws. Castors must be of brass. Plain, elegant down curving legs devoid of curves and scrolls are a feature of the most sophisticated pre-1800 designs.