This is a fantastic dining set comprising an antique William IV dining table with ten antique balloon back dining chairs, all Circa 1830 in date.
The magnificent antique William IV solid mahogany dining table can seat ten people in comfort and is C1830 in date.
It is made of stunning flame mahogany, has two leaves of approximately two feet (60cm) each, which can be added or removed as required to suit the occasion, and stands on four elegant lappet carved octagonal baluster supports that terminate in their original brass and porcelain castors.
The superb set of ten Victorian mahogany balloon back dining chairs are also Circa 1830 in date.
These chairs have been masterfully crafted in beautiful solid mahogany throughout and the finish and attention to detail on display are truly breathtaking.
The overstuffed seats have been reupholstered in a sumptuous claret damask fabric and they are raised on turned and reeded legs.
Country House sitting in 25 acres of beautiful gardens in the centre of rustic Staffordshire and home of the Northcote family.
It is a very impressive dining set which is sure to contribute to successful dinner parties.
In excellent condition the table and chairs having been beautifully cleaned, polished and waxed, and the chairs reupholstered in our workshops, please see photos for confirmation.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 73 x Width 272 x Depth 137 – Fully extended
Height 73 x Width 152 x Depth 137 – With both leaves removed
Height 89 x Width 50 x Depth 45 – Chairs
Height 49 – Seat height
Dimensions in inches:
Height 28.7 x Width 107.1 x Depth 53.9 – Fully extended
Height 28.7 x Width 59.8 x Depth 53.9 – With both leaves removed
Height 35.0 x Width 19.7 x Depth 17.7 – Chairs
Height 19.3 – Seat height
Thomas Sheraton – 18th century furniture designer, once characterized mahogany as “best suited to furniture where strength is demanded as well as a wood that works up easily, has a beautiful figure and polishes so well that it is an ornament to any room in which it may be placed.” Matching his words to his work, Sheraton designed much mahogany furniture. The qualities that impressed Sheraton are particularly evident in a distinctive pattern of wood called “flame mahogany.”
The flame figure in the wood is revealed by slicing through the face of the branch at the point where it joins another element of the tree.
William IV – the brief reign of William IV (1830 – 1837) marked a period of transition between the Regency period (which had been an age of innovation based on revivalist styles such as ancient Egypt, and the Grecian designs) and the Victorian era.
William IV furniture is similar in style to Regency furniture with many of the designs from the Regency period being copied but often executed in a much heavier manner with chairs, tables and other items being coarser and clumsier in appearance when compared with those made during the Regency period.
Popular pieces produced during this period include tilt top dining tables and pillared extendable tables. Sofa tables and drum tables were also favoured at the time as were sideboards and card tables. Heavy brass fittings were a prominent feature such as lion’s paw feet on tables. Chairs frequently sported sabre legs to the back with stumpy bulbous turned legs to the front. The rope twist carved back was also much in favour.
This period also saw the introduction of the more exotic timbers such as rosewood and zebra wood. With the Industrial Revolution getting under way furniture making saw the increased use of mechanisation a trend set to accelerate during the Victorian period.
This short, but important transitional period eventually gave way to the romanticism of the Victorians but the furniture it produced was usually of good quality and it remains sought after and desirable today.
Our reference: 09807a