English oak draw leaf table
English oak draw leaf table

English oak draw leaf table

c. 1600 England

Offered by Mallett & Son (Antiques) Ltd

£85,000 gbp
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An early 17th century oak draw-leaf table, the framed plank top above a bog-oak and holly chequer-inlaid frieze, with a gadrooned apron upon lobed and leaf-carved baluster legs, all joined by stretchers.

The Mallett table is a notably fine and extremely rare survival. Such tables are arguably the iconic form of late Tudor furniture and demonstrate the degree of cross cultural influences at work in metropolitan furniture at the time.

The table is very similar to the Victoria and Albert Museum example ( inv.no. 384-1898), and the comparison with the Mallett table is noted on the V&A description of its own example. Whilst all tables that are around, or over, 400 years old are repaired and altered to some degree, the Mallett example is particularly complete in comparison to other known tables.

‘Drawing tables’, as this type was known in the 16th and 17th centuries, were a popular form of dining table in both Britain and the Netherlands. The mechanism was developed specifically for long tables where a pair of folding leaves would not be practical. When closed these tables were often covered with a purpose-made table carpet, sometimes in ‘turkeywork’, a knotted wool textile patterned in imitation of Turkish rugs.

The bulbous legs of this table are of Flemish origin and were introduced into England through immigrant craftsmen with Continental pattern books by designers such as Vredeman De Vries of Antwerp (1527-1606). The inlaid apron, with its geometric patterns, is characteristic of work by Dutch and Flemish refugee craftsmen working in Southwark, London. This area of London, south of Tower Bridge, was the centre for artistic creativity during the late Elizabethan period. It was here at this time that Shakespear's Globe Theatre was constructed. The foliate carving and gadrooning on the bulbous vase legs is typical of draw tables made in England from the period of 1585 to 1620.
Restorations to stretchers and to the two extended leaves.
Height 33.50 inch (85.09 cm)
Width 71.70 inch (182.12 cm)
Depth 36.20 inch (91.95 cm)
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