Stunning Bespoke Handmade Burr Walnut 10ft Oval Marquetry Dining Table
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This lovely handmade bespoke large oval dining table features gorgeous hand cut marquetry comprising urns, vases ribbons and garlands and French burr walnut.
It has been French polished to the highest gloss bringing out the fine grains of the burr walnut and the inlaid marquetry pieces.
When fully extended this large oval dining table can comfortably seat ten people. The table can be extended or reduced by the addition or removal of two leaves using the special winding mechanism incorporated into the table. When the two leaves are removed the table is transformed into a six seat oval dining table.
This wonderful large oval dining table is raised on four beautifully carved legs that terminate in brass cap castors. The matching chairs featured in the photographs are also available by separate purchase.
Make It Personal - Our Bespoke Dining Table Service
This is a very fine marquetry dining table as it is but we also offer you the opportunity to acquire one just like but which has been personalised with marquetry designs that you specify. This could be a family crest or coat of arms. Alternatively, businesses could incorporate their logos, motifs and product names, brands etc into the design of the marquetry table top.
Please note that the price quoted is for the standard table as photographed here - there will be an additional charge for personalisation - please contact us to discuss your requirements.
This large oval dining table is in pristine condition being brand new.
The Making of this Marquetry Masterpiece
Marquetry is a highly skilled art and we have made a video to show you just how this lovely large oval dining table was made in our Italian workshops by third generation master craftsmen and women. Please take a few moments to watch this video in order to fully appreciate what a fine piece of furniture this is.
Making this large oval dining table started with designing and drawing the marquetry patterns onto paper. The paper was glued onto a sheet of plywood with the carefully chosen veneers pinned to the underside. The marquetry shapes of urns, ribbons, flowers and foliage were then cut out using a very fine blade fret cutter, a process that requires a keen eye and the steady hand of a surgeon!
Each small piece of marquetry veneer was then placed on a large tray and then each individual item was selected and singed by hand in hot sand heated in a red hot crucible. The colour and tone of the piece of veneer changes depending on the depth and time the piece is left in the sand.
The marquetry pattern was then painstakingly pieced together like a jigsaw puzzle, with each piece being hand inserted into the cut burr walnut and taped in place. When the whole design was finished it was turned over and a piece of glued paper was placed on the back to hold it all in place. The tape on the front was then removed.
The solid mahogany table was also prepared by veneering the tabletop both underneath and on top. The marquetry and burr walnut sheet was then attached to the table top using a hot press which fixed the prepared sheet of burr walnut and marquetry in place. The whole top was then veneered an additional four times to prevent bowing or warping.
Once everything was complete, the whole table was French polished by hand ensuring that all the glorious colours of the various wood grains were highlighted to perfection. As you can see from the photographs, the result speaks for itself - a magnificent large oval dining table.
About Burr Walnut
Burr walnut is a very refined wood with a wonderful swirling figure that comes from cutting from a part of the tree where it meets other elements e.g. where the trunk meets the roots. It has been highly prized throughout the centuries by master cabinet-makers because of the colour and decorative nature of this figure. True burr walnut comes from a rare growth that sometimes happens on walnut trees where literally hundreds of tiny branches start growing, but the swirling figure can be found in most walnut trees if cut in the correct way. It is due to this luxurious grain that we chose to use this wood as a veneer for our lovely large oval dining table.
Marquetry has been practiced since the early 16th century in both Florence and Antwerp with the former specialising in doing inlaid stone work, whilst the latter became famous for producing wood marquetry.
It’s popularity exploded in France during the 17th century when it was considered luxurious enough to be used for furniture destined for Versailles and other royal residences with Louis XIV commissioning very many fine pieces which can still be seen today in museums and palaces.
Marquetry continues to flourish even today with modern techniques and designs being employed. However, we consider ourselves very lucky to have third generation skilled marquetry craftspeople in our workshops in Italy capable of producing marquetry that matches any of that that was produced in previous centuries. This has enabled us to bring this exquisite marquetry large oval dining table to you.
French polishing is renowned for bringing out the full grain and colour of fine woods and veneers. Because of this we have chosen to use it on this delightful large oval dining table and it certainly does justice to the fine marquetry work.
French polish is made from shellac and alcohol and requires a lot of hard work to buff and polish repeatedly until the surface is brought to the highest gloss possible. This type of polishing has been used for luxury items since the 18th century when it became the preferred method of finishing the work of master cabinet-makers.
Viewing & Further Information
If you would like to know more about this marvellous bespoke handmade oval dining table, please don’t hesitate to contact us, either by email or phone on the above number quoting reference number 00059, so we know which table you are talking about. We can also arrange for you to come and view it in our North London warehouse, just email or call for an appointment. Whilst you are here you can also view our fine selection of other large oval dining tables and as well as our selection of circular and rectangular tables, all featuring different and beautiful marquetry and all in different styles if you would prefer e.g. Regency or Victorian. We really do have one of the very best selections of fine bespoke handmade furniture in London.
Our warehouse and showroom is open for public viewings between the hours of 10am to 5pm every weekday and also on occasional Saturdays. We do not open every Saturday however so please call before travelling.
Shipping, Delivery and Returns
We can pack and ship our items to any destination worldwide, but please do call for a shipping quotation first as we need to be sure we can meet your requirements.
We ship to any mainland UK address free of charge.
We are happy to offer a 14-day money back guarantee in accordance with the Distance Selling Regulations. Please note that for the refund to apply, you must return this large oval dining table in its original packaging and condition. You will also be liable for the return shipping fees, unless we have delivered an item to you that is materially different to what you ordered.
You are also responsible for all local taxes and custom duties that accrue due to the large oval dining table being shipped to destinations outside the European Union.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 78 x Width 288 x Depth 120 - Fully extended
Height 78 x Width 168 x Depth 120 - With both leaves removed
Dimensions in inches:
Height 2 feet, 7 inches x Width 9 feet, 5 inches x Depth 3 feet, 11 inches - Fully extended
Height 2 feet, 7 inches x Width 5 feet, 6 inches x Depth 3 feet, 11 inches - With both leaves removed
Angelica Kauffman, RA (1741 - 1807)
was a Swiss-born Austrian Neoclassical painter who had a successful career in London and Rome. Though born as "Kauffmann", Kauffman is the preferred spelling of her name in English; it is the form she herself used most in signing her correspondence, documents and paintings.
While Kauffman produced many types of art, she identified herself primarily as a history painter, an unusual designation for a woman artist in the 18th century. History painting, was considered the most elite and lucrative category in academic painting during this time period. Under the direction of Sir Joshua Reynolds, the Royal Academy made a strong effort to promote history painting to a native audience who were more interested in commissioning and buying portraits and landscapes.
Despite the popularity that Kauffman enjoyed in British society and her success as an artist, she was disappointed by the relative apathy that the British had towards history painting. Ultimately she left Britain for the continent, where history painting was better established, held in higher esteem and patronized.
The works of Angelica Kauffman have retained their reputation. By 1911, rooms decorated with her work were still to be seen in various quarters. At Hampton Court was a portrait of the duchess of Brunswick; in the National Portrait Gallery, a self-portrait. There were other pictures by her at Paris, at Dresden, in the Hermitage at St Petersburg, in the Alte Pinakothek atMunich, in Kadriorg Palace, Tallinn (Estonia).
is a hard and durable wood with a satinlike sheen, much used in cabinetmaking, especially in marquetry. It comes from two tropical trees of the family Rutaceae (rue family). East Indian or Ceylon satinwood is the yellowish or dark-brown heartwood of Chloroxylon swietenia.
The lustrous, fine-grained, usually figured wood is used for furniture, cabinetwork, veneers, and backs of brushes. West Indian satinwood, sometimes called yellow wood, is considered superior. It is the golden yellow, lustrous, even-grained wood found in the Florida Keys and the West Indies.
It has long been valued for furniture. It is also used for musical instruments, veneers, and other purposes. Satinwood is classified in the division Magnoliophyta, class Magnoliopsida, order Sapindales, family Rutaceae.
Our reference: 00059
Please feel free to email or call us (+44 20 8809 9605) to arrange a viewing in our North London warehouse.