There is no mistaking the style and sophisticated design of this exquisite dining set comprising a rare English antique Victorian pollard oak extending dining table, circa 1860 in date and a set of twelve antique dining chairs, C1880 in date.
The styles that developed throughout the early 19th Century were an extension of the current political situations but also in accordance with the needs of the rising middle class during the industrial revolution. This impressive dining table is exemplary of the early Victorian era with its Pollard oak and delicate crossbanding.
This amazing table has four 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 crossbanded decoration, which is seen in the intricate burr on the table top.
The four leaves can be added or removed as required to suit the occasion by a special winding mechanism, the leaves can be easily stored away when not required.
The table is raised on four elegant turned and reeded legs that terminate in the original brass caps and castors.
The fantastic antique English set of twelve mahogany shield back dining chairs are of “Hepplewhite” design, circa 1880 in date.
The set comprising ten side chairs and two armchairs, the shield-shaped backs with shaped and pierced splats have beautiful hand carved leaf swag, wheat sheath and anthemion decoration. The overstuffed seats are upholstered in sumptuous caramel brown hand dyed Scottish leather with double cone hand-springing and brass studs. They are raised on square tapered front legs that terminate with spade feet.
These chairs have been masterfully crafted in beautiful solid mahogany throughout and the finish and attention to detail on display are truly breathtaking.
It is rare to find such a large, fabulous and comfortable set of chairs and they will enhance this dining table beautifully.
Whatever the function of this gorgeous dining set, it will make a profound impression on your dinner guests or clients and will receive the maximum amount of attention wherever it is placed.
In excellent condition having been beautifully restored in our workshops, please see photos for confirmation.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 77.5 x Width 376 x Depth 128 – Fully extended
Height 77.5 x Width 183 x Depth 128 – With all 4 leaves removed
Height 92 x Width 52 x Depth 48 – Side chair
Height 95 x Width 56 x Depth 54 – Armchair
Height 44 – Seat height
Dimensions in inches:
Height 30.5 x Width 148.0 x Depth 50.4 – Fully extended
Height 30.5 x Width 72.0 x Depth 50.4 – With all 4 leaves removed
Height 36.2 x Width 20.5 x Depth 18.9 – Side chair
Height 37.4 x Width 22.0 x Depth 21.3 – Armchair
Height 17.3 – 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: 09448b