Stunning Bespoke Handmade 14ft Marquetry Burr Walnut Dining Table
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This bespoke handmade large dining table is typical of Victorian style furniture featuring superb hand cut marquetry. Made from burr walnut when fully extended it can comfortably seat fourteen people.
It can also be transformed into a smaller round dining table making it a very useful piece of furniture.
Crafted in burr walnut, this gorgeous large dining table has exquisite inlaid marquetry of vases, bouquets of beautiful flowers, swirls and geometric designs. Made from wood veneers of various colours, this gorgeous large dining table has been French polished by experts using all natural materials to ensure the highest finish possible, showing off the beautiful wood grains and hand cut marquetry to the very best effect.
There are four leaves which can be added using a special winding mechanism which extend the table. The flexibility of this large dining table means it is suitable for any occasion.
Being smaller, the round dining table enables you to see the hand cut marquetry close up, and the full marquetry design can be seen in all its splendour. The round dining table version particularly shows how intricate the marquetry work is and what a high level of skill and attention to detail is needed to produce such a magnificent piece.
The table securely stands on six legs, each of which is elegantly carved featuring additional marquetry and terminating in a brass castor.
Matching chairs shown as seen in the photos can also be purchased as a separate item.
This is a bespoke piece that has been newly made, so is in pristine condition.
The Making of this Marquetry Masterpiece
We have produced a short video to explain how this wonderful large dining table was made. You can also find out about the process used to make this large dining table in the paragraphs below.
Our main workshop is in Italy and is the home to third-generation master craftsmen and women who are highly skilled in constructing handmade large dining tables and crafting hand cut marquetry for them. This requires a high level of consistency in the execution of such an intricate designs across the large surface area. You will see the wonderful consistency from looking at the photographs.
Assembling such a beautiful large dining table requires a number of phases all of which require a high amount of skill and attention to detail.
The first step is to create and draw the marquetry designs on paper in keeping with the styling and design ethic of the Victorian period. These designs are then glued onto a sheet of plywood and the veneers that are to be used for the burr walnut and the marquetry pieces are pinned underneath the plywood.
The detailed marquetry shapes are then cut out using a fret saw with a very fine blade, a process that requires a keen eye and the steadiness of a surgeon’s hand.
The assembly begins and each piece of veneer is singly selected and singed in hot sand which is continuously heated in a red hot crucible. The point of this is to colour the veneers and the shades vary according to the depth and length of time the piece is left in the hot sand. Again, ensuring that there is a consistency of colour and tone across the whole marquetry design requires a high level of skill.
Each piece is hand-fitted with the burr walnut to produce the overall design taped into place. Once the whole piece is completed glued paper is stuck to the back to hold the whole assembly in place. Once this is done the tape on the front can be removed and the piece of marquetry veneer begins to take shape.
The solid mahogany large dining table is also built and the tabletop and its underneath is prepared with mahogany veneer. The burr walnut and marquetry sheet is then carefully aligned to the tabletop and placed in a hot press which fixes it in place. The tabletop is then veneered a further four times to prevent buckling and warping of the tabletop marquetry.
Once completed, the whole table is expertly French polished by hand to provide the highest quality finish, bringing out all the tones and shades of the marquetry and wood grains. This results in an exquisite finished large dining table.
About Burr Walnut
The wonderful swirling figure found in burr walnut has made it a wood of choice for fine furniture and cabinet-makers across the centuries. The swirling figure is created by cutting and polishing the wood from areas of the tree where is meets other elements e.g. where the trunk meets the roots.
Marquetry is the art of inlaying materials into either wood or stone to create patterns and pictures. The art developed in the early 16th century in Florence, where stonemasons started inlaying precious stones, jaspers and multi-coloured marble into marble slabs which were used in fine buildings, particularly churches and cathedrals. The technique was copied for wood, with materials such as pewter, brass and other woods being used. Antwerp and the whole Flanders region became renown for this type of wood marquetry during the 16th century.
Marquetry became the watchword of luxury during the 17th century in France when Flemish master cabinet-makers migrated to Paris and the demand for the sumptuous and luxurious rose to prominence under the rule of Louis XIV. Many fine pieces of marquetry furniture were commissioned for Versailles and other royal residences and marquetry items became extremely popular denoting wealth and status.
French polishing is a technique that uses alcohol and shellac polish to produce incredibly high gloss on wood surfaces. It is an arduous process requiring a lot of work, but the results are universally acknowledged as superb for enhancing wood grains. As such the technique is particularly suited for bringing out the detail, colour and refinement of marquetry.
More Information and Viewing
We are always very happy to answer queries and questions and also to arrange a viewing of this item or our other large dining tables in our North London warehouse. Please email or call us on the above number quoting reference 00626 so we know which large dining table you are interested in.
Our warehouse and showroom is open for public viewings between 10am until 5pm every weekday and on occasional Saturdays. We do not open every Saturday so please call before travelling.
Shipping, Delivery and Returns
We ship items free of charge to any mainland UK address.
If you would like to have this large dining table shipped to a non-UK destination, we will carefully pack and ship this item anywhere worldwide. Please ask us for a shipping quote first before purchasing the large dining table as we need to be sure we can meet your expectations and requirements.
If you are not satisfied with your purchase in keeping with the Distance Selling Regulations, we offer a 14-day money back guarantee. You must return this large dining table in its original packaging and condition to be eligible for a refund. Please be aware that you are responsible for paying the return shipping charges, unless we sent you the wrong item, i.e. one that is materially different to what you ordered.
You are also responsible for paying any duties or taxes that fall due through shipping this large dining table outside the European Union.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 79 x Width 430 x Depth 150 - Fully extended
Height 79 x Width 150 x Depth 150 - With all leaves removed
Dimensions in inches:
Height 2 feet, 7 inches x Width 14 feet, 1 inch x Depth 4 feet, 11 inches - Fully extended
Height 2 feet, 7 inches x Width 4 feet, 11 inches x Depth 4 feet, 11 inches - With all 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: 00626
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