This is a fabulous bespoke handmade oval burr walnut and marquetry dining table that can seat ten people in comfort.
This table is made from French burr walnut which has a beautiful grain, and this has been embellished with an exquisite marquetry decoration of garlands, ribbons, urns and vases.
It has been French polished to bring out the wonderful colour and highlight the fabulous marquetry decoration.
The table has two leaves which can be added or removed as required to suit the occasion by a special winding mechanism. With both leaves removed the table is transformed into a six seat oval dining table. It is raised on four elegantly carved and inlaid legs that terminate in brass cap castors.
This is a new bespoke handmade table.
The making of a marquetry masterpiece
The making of a bespoke marquetry dining table involves many phases - carried out with the highest level of attention to detail - by third generation master craftsmen in our workshop in Italy.
First the design of the marquetry is drawn on paper.
The paper is then glued on to a sheet of plywood and the veneers are attached to the underside with pins.
There can be a maximum of 16 sheets of veneer. In this case, there are 8 for the burr walnut and 8 for the marquetry.
With a fret cutter, using a very fine blade, the marquetry is cut out, using the burr walnut and various coloured veneers to compose the flowers. Today we use an electric fret cutter, although in the 18th and 19th centuries the cutters were operated by treadles.
All of the cut out pieces of veneer are then placed on a large tray.
They are then singed by being placed in hot sand in a red hot crucible. This singed effect gives different shades to the various veneers, depending on how deep and how long they are left in the hot sand.
The various items of veneer are then inserted into the burr walnut one by one. After they are inserted, tape is placed over them to keep them in place. They are then turned over and a sheet of glued paper is placed over them all, after which the tape can be removed.
The prepared solid mahogany table is then veneered with mahogany - twice on the under side, horizontally and vertically, and then once on the top side.
The prepared marquetry and burr walnut sheet is then placed on top and the whole table top is placed into a hot press, which glues the sheet to the top.
The backing paper can then be sanded off.
The table top is then veneered 4 times to prevent the top from bowing or warping.
Once the assembly is complete, the table is French polished by hand using natural products, resulting in a stunning bespoke masterpiece of marquetry.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 78 x Width 305 x Depth 121 - Fully extended
Height 78 x Width 185 x Depth 121 - With both leaves removed
Dimensions in inches:
Height 2 foot, 7 inches x Width 10 foot x Depth 4 feet - Fully extended
Height 2 foot, 7 inches x Width 6 feet, 1 inch x Depth 4 feet - With both leaves removed
Our reference: 00059