This is a fabulous antique Queen Anne Revival burr walnut dining set, comprising a burr walnut dining table and eight burr walnut dining chairs, Circa 1900 in date.
The table is of oval shape, has it’s original winding mechanism and has two leaves which can be added or removed as required to suit the occasion.
The knees of the cabriole legs have been superbly hand carved with shells and bellflower ornaments and the legs terminate in decorative ball and claw feet.
The table has been French polished to revive and bring out the beautiful grain of the burr walnut.
The set of eight chairs comprises six side chairs and a pair of armchairs. They were masterfully hand carved to match the table and we have reupholstered them in a beautiful azur damask.
It is a beautiful set which is sure to receive a lot of attention during your dinner parties.
In excellent condition having been beautifully cleaned polished and reupholstered in our workshops, please see photos for confirmation.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 79 x Width 268 x Depth 114 – Fully extended
Height 79 x Width 148 x Depth 114 – With both leaves removed
Height 110 x Width 47 x Depth 53 – chairs
Height 110 x Width 57 x Depth 57 – armchairs
Height 50 – Seat height
Dimensions in inches:
Height 31.1 x Width 105.5 x Depth 44.9 – Fully extended
Height 31.1 x Width 58.3 x Depth 44.9 – With both leaves removed
Height 43.3 x Width 18.5 x Depth 20.9 – chairs
Height 43.3 x Width 22.4 x Depth 22.4 – armchairs
Height 19.7 – Seat height
Walnut & Burr Walnut
Walnut is a hard, dense, tight- grained wood that polishes to a very smooth finish. It is a popular and attractive wood whose colour ranges from near white in the sapwood to a dark hew in the heartwood. When dried in a kiln, walnut wood tends to develop a dull brown colour, but when air-dried can become a rich purplish-brown. Because of its colour, hardness and grain, it is a prized furniture and carving wood. Walnut veneer was highly priced and the cost would reflect the ‘fanciness’ of the veneer – the more decorative, then the more expensive and desirable.
Burr walnut refers to the swirling figure present in nearly all walnut when cut and polished, and especially in the wood taken from the base of the tree where it joins the roots. However the true burr is a rare growth on the tree where hundreds of tiny branches have started to grow. Burr walnut produces some of the most complex and beautiful figuring you can find.
Walnut “burrs” were often used to make fabulous furniture. Veneer sliced from walnut burl is one of the most valuable and highly prized by cabinet makers and prestige car manufacturers and is also a favourite material for shotgun stocks.
Inlay was commonly used in the production of decorative burr walnut furniture, where pieces of coloured veneers are inlaid into the surface of the walnut, adding delicate or intricate patterns and designs. Inlays normally use various exotic veneers, but other materials such as mother-of-pearl, brass or bone were also be used.
Winding Mechanism for extending tables
A man by the name of Samuel Hawkins applied for a patent on a screw expander on June 6th, 1861. Presumably, Mr. Hawkins either died or retired because his business was taken over by a young machinist named Joseph Fitter in 1864.
Joseph Fitter operated a machinist shop where he produced winding mechanisms for extending tables as well as screw expanders for piano stools and other applications at 210 Cheapside, Birmingham England by the name of Britannia Works.
Our reference: 09219