There is no mistaking the style and design of this exquisite dining set comprising an antique Victorian pollard oak and black line inlaid extending dining table, circa 1840 in date with a bespoke set of twelve dining chairs.
This amazing table has five leaves and can comfortably seat twelve. This striking table has been hand-crafted from solid oak which is not only strong, but has a beautiful grain. The top has been veneered in Pollard, oak with twin ebonised line inlaid decoration, which is seen in the intricate burr on the table top.
The leaves can be added or removed as required to suit the occasion using the original superb and rare brass locking clips.
The table is raised on four elegant turned and reeded legs that terminate in the original brass caps and castors.
The set of twelve bespoke walnut and marquetry dining chairs comprises ten side chairs and two armchairs.
The chairs have elegantly carved solid walnut frames. They all have drop in seats which are covered in a royal burgundy and gold upholstery. Underneath these upholstered cushions are weaved cane seats. This variation allows for cooler and more comfortable dining in the warmer summer months.
Whatever the function of this gorgeous set, it will make a profound impression on your guests and will receive the maximum amount of attention wherever it is placed.
In excellent condition the table having been beautifully restored and the chairs polished and upholstered in our workshops, please see photos for confirmation.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 78 x Width 373 x Depth 145 – Fully extended
Height 78 x Width 153 x Depth 145 – With leaves removed
Height 105 x Width 56 x Depth 53 – Armchairs
Height 105 x Width 48 x Depth 46 – Chairs
Height 53 – Seat Height
Dimensions in inches:
Height 30.7 x Width 146.9 x Depth 57.1 – Fully extended
Height 30.7 x Width 60.2 x Depth 57.1 – With leaves removed
Height 41.3 x Width 22.0 x Depth 20.9 – Armchairs
Height 41.3 x Width 18.9 x Depth 18.1 – Chairs
Height 20.9 – Seat Height
Pollarding is a pruning system in which the upper branches of a tree are removed, promoting a dense head of foliage and branches. It has been common in Europe since medieval times and is practised today in urban areas worldwide, primarily to maintain trees at a predetermined height. The bole of the tree, constantly cut back over a period of years, will eventually form a lump, or ‘burr’, which when sawn for veneer, gives a lovely grained, swirling figure.
The effect is similar to that of burr walnut with its distinctive speckled grain. Burrs, or ‘burls’, are growths which appear on the side of tree trunks, resulting from a tree undergoing some form of stress. They may be caused by an injury, virus or fungus.
During the 19th century great strides were made in the mechanisation of cabinet making. Marc Isambard Brunel [ Isambard Kingdom’s father] built the first steam driven saw mill, and invented a circular saw that could be used to cut veneers thinly and evenly for the first time. He also developed the first hydraulic veneer press. The figured wood cut from burrs and pollards is notoriously difficult to cut and lay: the wild grain which makes it so attractive results in a very delicate, brittle veneer. The new machines enabled the Victorian craftsmen to make the most of these beautiful timbers.
Our reference: 09910a