~~In the early 19th Century the top cabinet makers set about experiments to move form a fairly fixed length dining table to metamorphic design to give more flexibility in a room for seating numbers but also, as we understand, to allow for a table to broken down completely to make way for dancing after dinner. Perhaps the most famous of the era with Gillows of Lancaster and his early innovations included console ended tables with built in runner systems and combination of extension leaves to give length variations.
There are very few of these tables surviving today and most only up to a length of around 10ft. The table in this blog is of extraordinary size at 16ft length so undoubtedly made for a Downton Abbey sized home and is amongst only a few surviving this size in the World today. As a rare and valuable table an example this good might well be found in the West End of London for around £65,000 but as humble trade dealers in the boonies we will be selling this table very cheaply for around £17,500.
Recently restored and polished by our in house team of traditional hand finishing experts the table is absolutely stunning after weeks of French polishing. If you are looking for the Aston Martin of antique dining tables, then this table is unsurpassable.