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ANTIQUE DINING TABLES UK LONDON REGENCY VICTORIAN OAK MAHOGANY PEDESTAL EXTENDING

Elisabeth James are the last of a rare breed of old fashioned professional antique dealers acquiring only original untouched quality antique furniture. We specialise in antique dining tables and hold the largest stock of genuine antique dining furniture in the World. All of our pieces are restored bespokely to your specification, matched to chairs and sideboards, etc.. and everything is hand finished to the finest West End standards at a fraction of the retail price.


Status : In stock
Circa:   17th, 18th, 19th Centuries
Stock Code:  E2030
Price: POA

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12ft Round Extending Victorian Mahogany Dining Table

Handsome late Victorian mahogany extending table formed in the round and opening via substantial runner system to incorporate any combination of four extension leaves to seat from 6 to 14 people comfortably. Solid figured timber top standing on bold cabriole formed legs with peg feet. Really grotty old finish currently but price includes hand French polishing to your chosen shade by our in house team of experts. See Videos and Feedback pages on our website for examples. Measures 144" long fully extended and 48" diameter closed.


Status : In stock
Circa:   C1900
Stock Code:  E2028
Price: £ 3700



Large Antique Oak Dining Table From Late 19th Century

Very solid quality late Victorian oak wind out table with solid quarter sawn oak D shaped top, opening via steel winder and runner system to incorporate any combination of leaves to provide seating for 8 to 16 people. Standing on turned legs terminating in porcelain casters and currently with scrub top but price includes hand polishing by our expert in house team to your chosen shade and finish. See Videos and Feedback pages for examples of the standard of our work. Measures 144" long fully extended x 54" wide.


Status : In stock
Circa:   C1890
Stock Code:  E2027
Price: £ 4200

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12ft Antique Oak Extending Dining Table From Late Victorian 19th Century Period

Very refined late 19th Century oak wind out table with solid quarter sawn oak top. D shaped at the ends and with drop mouldings to the edge. Opens via steel winder and runner system to incorporate any combination of leaves to provide seating for 8 to 16 people. Standing on finely turned and crisply carved legs terminating in porcelain casters. In tired old Victorian finish currently but price includes hand French polishing by our in house team to your chosen shades. See Videos and Feedback pages for examples of the standard of our work. Measures 140" long fully extended x 53" wide.


Status : In stock
Circa:   C1880
Stock Code:  E2026
Price: £ 4500



10ft Victorian Arts & Crafts Wind Out Extending Oak Dining Table

Really crisp quality late 19th Century oak extending table with solid quarter sawn top, canted at the corners and drop moulded to the edge. Opening via runners system and steel winder to incorporate any combination of three leaves, providing seating for 6 to 14 people. Standing on fine turned legs with fluted shoulders and currently in mature warm finish but possible for our in house team of hand French polishers to achieve any shade or finish you require. See our Videos and in Reviews section. Measures 120" long fully extended by 48" wide.


Status : In stock
Circa:   C1890
Stock Code:  E2025
Price: £ 3200



6ft Diameter Jacobean Revival Oak Farmhouse Drop Leaf Kitchen Table

Quality and beautifully patinated 6ft diameter oak drop leaf gateleg table with thick plank top over pegged tenon frame and gated baluster turned legs. Great family workhorse to seat 10 people comfortable and easy to drop the leaves to push to one side when needed. Measures 72" diameter.


Status : In stock
Circa:   1900s
Stock Code:  E2024
Price: £ 2400



12ft 4 Metre Regency Mahogany Triple Pedestal Dining Table

Very best of the 19th Century revival of Regency mahogany pedestal dining tables with demi end reeded edge top to a beautiful highly figured hand cut solid timber. With three sections and two leaves quite versatile seating formats for 6 to 14 adult comfortably and standing on very elegant sweeping sabre reeded legs terminating in brass lions paw feet. Currently in untouched original condition, so not at its best, but pour price includes expert French polishing to your chosen shade, match chairs, etc.. Measures 140" long x 48" wide.

The internet seemingly reveals many opportunities to buy antique dining tables but please, please do not mistake our genuine products, expert restoration and hand French polishing for the spray finished Far East plywood reproductions generally on sale on Ebay and other unregulated sales platforms. You will find many advertisements deceptively worded in sales dialogue as 'style' or 'vintage' tables by many independent companies in their 'antique dining tables' pages but these are simply cheaply made modern reproductions so please be careful.


Status : In stock
Circa:   C1880
Stock Code:  E2023
Price: £ 5500

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3 Metre Jacobean Design Antique Oval Formed Drop Leaf Wake Table

Following the very early designs of wake table this particularly large oval formed drop leaf table will seat 12 people comfortable but also folds away to pushed to one side when needed. Make fantastic and very sociable family table in a large kitchen area. We haven't done any finishing work on this example yet so possible to achieve any shade or finish you require for your setting. Measures 108" long x 72" wide.


Status : In stock
Circa:   mid 1900s
Stock Code:  E2021
Price: £ 2300



Large Round Victorian Oak Dining Table To Seat Up To 10 People

Large round tables are pretty rare but in oak perhaps the most elusive of all. We are pleased to offer this bvery well made late 19th Century example with solid quarter sawn top standing on finely turned and reeded legs. Is currently in untouched original condition but possible to polish any shade you require (see examples on our videos page). Measures 69" diameter.


Status : In stock
Circa:   C1880
Stock Code:  E2019
Price: £ 2650



4 Metre Regency Mahogany Extending Dining Table To Seat 14 to 16 people

Late Regency period mahogany dining table formed from a drop leaf Pembroke format so quite literally can be closed away to a side table, yet extends out with any combination of leaves to seat up to 16 people. Solid figured D ended top with thumb moulding, opening via banks of runners to incorporate leaves and standing on very fine Gillows reeded legs terminating in brass casters. Very versatile table from the rare early experimental period of runner system innovation. Measures 156" long fully extended by 50" wide.


Status : In stock
Circa:   C1830
Stock Code:  E2017
Price: £ 5800



22 Feet Long 19th Century Regency Mahogany Extending Pedestal Dining Table

Very good and extremely rare size of Victorian era Regency revival mahogany quadruple pedestal table with four tops supported by sabre reeded leg bases and three extension leaves between to offer very versatile lengths and seating numbers. The table is very sun faded currently but has beautiful hand cut Cuban timbers and price includes finishing by our in house hand French polishers to any shade you require. Tables of this calibre are on sale with retail dealers for £50,000+ but we are here to trade should you require something this spectacular at a bargain price. Measures 264" x 48" wide


Status : In stock
Circa:   C1880
Stock Code:  E2015
Price: £ 22000



18ft Antique Oak Dining Table From Early 19th Century

Incredibly rare format of early concept console ended table in this size and even more rare to be in oak so imagine probably came from the Northern regions originally. Designed to close away to consoles at the side of the room but then joins to form runner system table opening to incorporate any combination of leaves to provide appropriate seating for 6 to 22 adults very comfortable. Currently quite dry and patinated by price includes polishing by our in house experts to any finish you require. Measures 192" long x 60" wide.


Status : In stock
Circa:   C1840
Stock Code:  E2014
Price: £ 14500



Large Antique William IV Period C1830 Mahogany Extending Dining Table

A great survivor this untouched early extending dining table has a fine solid mahogany top, ogee moulded at the edge and supported by finishing apron. Standing on six finely turned and faceted legs terminating in brass casters. Good to go with a wax but possibly to finish to any shade you require via our in house French polishers. Measures 140" long x 52" wide.


Status : In stock
Circa:   C1830
Stock Code:  E2013
Price: £ 5500

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Large Arts & Crafts Influenced Antique Oak Refectory Table To Seat 10 People

Not hugely old but magnificently built and very stylish example with incredibly thick top (half a tree!) supported by curved X frame base. Currently in natural oak but possibly to polish to your chosen shade. Dance on top indestructible workhorse with appealing look! Measures 96" long x 36" wide.


Status : In stock
Circa:   mid 1900s
Stock Code:  E2011
Price: £ 2200



Antique Mahogany Round Dining Table Frome Late Regency Period

Truly stunning example of the finest cabinet work from the late Regency period this perfectly preserved example offers a radial segmented flame top with drop apron and stands on a faceted column meeting platform base supported by scroll feet. Of the desirable larger size to seat 6 adults very comfortably for dining and would make super centre piece for hallway or drawing room. Measures 54" diameter.


Status : In stock
Circa:   C1830
Stock Code:  E2010
Price: £ 2450



Antique Oak Round Table Of Large 5ft Diameter To Seat 8 People Comfortably

Very impressive built Jacobean styled solid oak table with thick panel and cleated top over central pedestal base of turned columns and sleigh feet. Lovely patination and very solid statement piece to seat 8 adults very comfortably. Measures 63" diamter.


Status : In stock
Circa:   Early 1900s
Stock Code:  E2009
Price: £ 2500



3 Metre Antique Oak Refectory Table From Late Victorian Arts & Crafts Period

Surprising finely made for a refectory table and extremely versatile seating for 8 people when closed and opening with draw leaf ends to seat 12 adults comfortably. Well set in Y formed stretchers for leg room and currently in untouched condition so possible to finish in any shade you require or sympathetically wax existing shade. Measures 74" closed x 42" wide and is 130" fully extended.


Status : In stock
Circa:   C1890
Stock Code:  E2008
Price: £ 2400



16ft Antique Oak Carved Dining Table From Late Victorian 19th Century Seat 20 People

In 30 years specialising exclusively in the largest Stately Home scale of dining table this superb example is the best we have ever seen following the Jacobean taste. From top to bottom every detail of the refined carving runs through. From the selective quarter sawn solid timber, relief carved moulding and hinged drop apron to every leaf this table is simply superb. Immense construction of the runner system to a huge 6ft 6" diameter table allows seating with and combination of original leaves for 10 to 20 people at a length of 16ft. Standing on superbly executed relief carved cup and cover legs and preserved in absolutely original condition this table has most certainly lived as a prized piece in a very wealthy Estate in England for many generations. Of you have a grand hall that can justify such a quality piece of English history this table is unique. Measures 66" diameter closed, extends to 196" full extended.


Status : In stock
Circa:   C1880
Stock Code:  E2007
Price: £ 14500

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Antique Victorian 3 Metre Dining Table Of Oval Form Extending To Seat 12 people

Absolutely quintessential Victorian design of extending dining table but of the rarer oval form opening to incorporate three original extension leaves to provide seating for 6 to 12 people very easily. Standing in finely turned and fluted legs this example in untouched original condition but can be polished by our in house team of French polishers to your chosen shade. Measures extended 120" x 48" wide.


Status : In stock
Circa:   C1870
Stock Code:  E2006
Price: £ 3450



Large Antique Round Dining Table From Regency Period In Rosewood And Brass Inlaid

High Regency period showcase rosewood breakfast table with figured bookmatch figured top inset with extremely fine brass banding and standing on pillar and platform base supported by sabre legs terminating in brass toe casters. Bras inlay and linings throughout and preserved in untouched original condition. Super dining table for 6 people or very impressive reception table for grand hallway. Measures 52" diameter.


Status : In stock
Circa:   C1815
Stock Code:  E2005
Price: £ 2400



  
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Elisabeth James hold the UK’s most extensive stock of good quality large antique dining tables ranging in size from 7ft – 20ft, and including 17th Century, Early Period Oak, Georgian, Regency, Victorian and Edwardian examples. All are expertly restored by our professional in house team to your specification using traditional French polish and wax techniques to the very highest standard – THIS IS INCLUDED IN OUR PRICES. We do not sell reproductions or use cheap modern spray finishes.

History of Antique Furniture - A Guide to Antique Dining Tables

In terms of the antique dining tables available today we perhaps think as far back as the 16th Century for primitive plank top refectory tables but of coarse the civilised Worlds of ancient history have always built tables for dining. Perhaps the very first were smooth flat rocks used by our cave dwelling ancestors?

Generally speaking the further we look back in recent centuries the rarer the table and hence greater the price. From the Jacobean, Charles II, William & Mary and Queen Anne periods any sizeable 16th, 17th or early 18th Century English refectory table, if entirely original, is so rare that when coming to market you could expect to pay at least £10,000 and anything up to £100,000. Fortunately, in terms of budget, many of these early refectory tables were revived (copied) at later dates and have survived in greater numbers. Towards the end of the 19th Century there was a Jacobean Revival by the Victorians and we often find very well made and convincingly patinated examples of jointed and trestle ended early period refectory tables that range in price from £1500 for an 8ft to £3000 for larger.

By the mid 18th Century our seafaring merchants were importing highly fashionable exotic timbers and mahogany became the most desirable choice for cabinet makers and their clients. The transition from a mixed period of construction of earlier primitive design and cleaner Georgian designs during the early 18th Century soon became nearly exclusively formal designs during George II reign due to the enormous influence of Thomas Chippendale and his piers. London and major towns of England were modernising and its' society were now very much trying to 'keep up with the Jones’s'.

It was during this early Chippendale period that the first examples of adjustable and extendable dining tables were designed and made. Using the tripod cabriole leg base design, often found on Georgian wine and occasional tables, much larger examples were made with rectangular tops in a series of three or four pedestal based sections joined by clips. These tables could by adjusted in length by using any combination of the sections and sometimes loose leaves were suspended between pedestals. In our combined 200 years of trading experience at Elisabeth James we have never seen in the market a completely original (retaining all pedestal bases and tops) version of these early Georgian extendable tables and hazard a guess that, if coming to the open market, could be in the region of £250,000 or more! However, throughout the 19th Century and especially during the 'Revival' period of Georgian designs late 19th/early 20th Century many good quality pedestal or 'pillar' tables were made to the same designs and are available today at affordable prices, £1500 - £10,000.

By the 1770's, in George III reign, a new version of extendable table known as a 'D' ended table was in manufacture. Comprising two demi or 'D' shaped end tables (look like console tables) with the centre extending section being a simple drop leaf table which could be clipped to the console shaped ends when leaves are raised. Always standing on square chamfered or tapering legs these tables were made in relatively large numbers and some complete examples survive today. The awkward positioning of the multiple legs do make them difficult to sit at and seating numbers are therefore restricted, which, as a consequence, makes them the very cheapest of Georgian dining tables with a price tag of as little as £3000 for an 8-9ft example.

The late 18th Century saw the emergence of a new genre of furniture designers who added a little finery to the antique dining table. Hepplewhite and Sheraton are perhaps the most influential of these new furniture designers but there were many more. Perhaps as a consequence of the difficulty sourcing timber due to wars, or maybe simply a decisive move for greater elegance, much of the heavy construction of Chippendale's era was surpassed. The pedestal bases of the sectional tables were now fitted with fine sweeping sabre legs and the console ended tables stood on turned legs which now incorporated extendable runners that could be joined in the middle so that a combination of extra leaves could be added. Again there are very few absolutely original examples in existence and the price varies enormously dependent on size and originality (and where you buy them!). At around 7 – 8ft you'd expect to pay around £10,000 in a retail shop. At 10ft or more most are retailed for £15 – 25,000 but we usually have stock of this larger size for a trade price of around £10,000.

At the turn of 19th Century another famous manufacture, Gillows of Lancaster, stamped his mark on furniture design. Incorporating much of the best work of Chippendale, Sheraton and Hepplewhite the Gillows workshops set the benchmark for the remaining Georgian reign, often referred to as the Regency Period, and much of the entire 19th Century designs of extending dining table. Perhaps the most noticeable Gillows feature was the tight reeded leg which was introduced in about 1805. Often referred to as a 'Gillows leg' but in fact a modification from Sheraton's work in the 1790's. By this time efforts were made to construct tables as one unit with the ability to extend using graduating telescopic runner systems and, for a brief period, using the Wilkinson patented 'scissor action' (hinged concertina frame). Most of these tables offer the classic fine reeded leg and use inner legs mounted on the extending framework to support the centre when fully extended. Small examples of 7 -8ft can be found for around (retail price) £8000 but larger examples of 10ft or over are quite rare so often anything from £15,000 - £25,000.

The brief period of George IV and William IV saw the final evolution of what was to became the format for all extending a dining tables for the remainder of the 19th Century. Tables where now all constructed as one unit and the box section telescopic action runner system employed as either a full length version with legs on each corner or ends pulled out from the legs and frame (mainly William IV period). The reeded leg dominated still but many William IV tables are distinguishable by their faceted legs. Prices range widely but the usual rule of thumb prevails with price dependent on size. From ourselves the smaller 8ft tables are around £3,000, 10ft around £5000, 12ft around £7500 and the very large and rare varying in price from £10,000.

Coinciding with Victoria coming to the thrown, and the beginnings of the industrialisation era, the very last feature of extending dining tables was introduced by a chap from Birmingham called Joseph Fitter. Although there are earlier examples of steel winding mechanisms known, it was Fitter who mass produced for cabinet makers the screw thread winding mechanisms that feature in nearly all extending dining tables dating from 1840 onwards. The emergence of the city dwelling 'Middle Classes', with their more compact town houses, created huge demand for extending dining tables and the Victorian period 1837 to 1901 could be viewed as the golden era of what most folk today picture in their minds to be the classic 'wind-out' extending dining table. The reeded leg was still used, but enlarged to support the table without middle legs, and plainer baluster turned legs equally as popular. Ranging in size from 6ft and manufactured in mahogany, oak and walnut, these tables are widely available in a smaller size but again very difficult to find at 10ft or over. However, this period saw a huge variation in the quality because these tables were now manufactured in what you might consider a 'mass produced' fashion. There were 'Aston Martin' cabinet makers and there were 'Fiat' cabinet makers. So, unfortunately, the market today sees many poor quality and badly restored examples on sale, seemingly always offered for sale described as 'quality' - usually via Ebay or in the 'hobbyist' antique centres. 'Caveat Emptor'.

The work required to restore a large antique dining table to its former glory, after 100 to 400 years of use, is substantial task. Over time the wooden runners wear, winding mechanisms bend and seize, leg joints loosen, timbers shrink and the table will almost always also need polishing due to unsightly marks, discolouration and general fatigue of the polish. Almost without exception, every table we stock required complete restoration in our workshops by a professional team of cabinet makers and polishers. Each table is carefully dismantled and all restoration completed before a full French Polish or wax finish. The cost to do this work, even for an 8ft example in seemingly good original order, is around £1500 to attain a perfect result. In terms of price a good quality fully restored 8ft Victorian table therefore, we feel, represents excellent value with prices starting from as little as £2000.

Our stock is constantly changing so if you have not found what you are looking for in the listings above please contact us as we regularly have in stock at anytime or could find you an antique architects table, antique campaign table, antique card table, antique centre table, antique coffee table, antique cricket table, antique dressing table, antique farmhouse table, antique folding table, antique dropleaf table, antique gateleg table, antique games table, antique billiard table, antique nest of tables, antique occasional table, antique Pembroke table, antique reading table, antique refectory table, antique serving table, antique sewing table, antique silver table, antique side table, antique sofa table, antique Sutherland table, antique tea table, antique tilt-top table, antique trestle table, antique tripod table, antique wine table, antique work table, antique writing table, antique extending table, antique dining table, antique loo table, antique breakfast table, antique D end table, antique mahogany table, antique oak table, antique walnut table, antique rosewood table, antique Victorian table, antique Regency table, antique Georgian table, 17th Century table, 18th Century table, 19th Century table, etc. We regularly deliver antique furniture to London, antique furniture to Middlesex, antique furniture to Hertfordshire, antique furniture to Oxfordshire, antique furniture to Buckinghamshire, antique furniture to Bedfordshire, antique furniture to Cambridgeshire, antique furniture to Northamptonshire, antique furniture to Leicestershire, antique furniture to Warwickshire and beyond.