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Stunning Handmade 14ft Marquetry Burr Walnut Bespoke Dining Table

Stunning 14ft Marquetry Bespoke Dining Table | Regent Antiques | Ref. no. 00626 | Ref. no. 00626 | Regent Antiques Sold
Ref: 00626
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This large bespoke dining table is typical of Victorian style furniture featuring superb hand cut marquetry. Made from burr...

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This large bespoke 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 extends the table. The flexibility of this large dining table means it is suitable for any occasion.

This smaller 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. It 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.

Condition

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.



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

Our reference: 00626

Walnut & Burr Walnut

Walnut is a hard, dense, tight- grained wood that polishes to a very smooth finish. It is a popular and attractive wood whose colour ranges from near white in the sapwood to a dark hew in the heartwood. When dried in a kiln, walnut wood tends to develop a dull brown colour, but when air-dried can become a rich purplish-brown. Because of its colour, hardness and grain, it is a prized furniture and carving wood. Walnut veneer was highly priced and the cost would reflect the ‘fanciness’ of the veneer – the more decorative, then the more expensive and desirable.

Burr walnut refers to the swirling figure present in nearly all walnut when cut and polished, and especially in the wood taken from the base of the tree where it joins the roots. However the true burr is a rare growth on the tree where hundreds of tiny branches have started to grow. Burr walnut produces some of the most complex and beautiful figuring you can find.

Walnut "burrs" were often used to make fabulous furniture.  Veneer sliced from walnut burl is one of the most valuable and highly prized by cabinet makers and prestige car manufacturers and is also a favourite material for shotgun stocks.

 Inlay was commonly used in the production of decorative burr walnut furniture, where pieces of coloured veneers are inlaid into the surface of the walnut, adding delicate or intricate patterns and designs. Inlays normally use various exotic  veneers, but other materials such as  mother-of-pearl, brass or bone were  also be used.
  

Marquetry
is decorative artistry where pieces of material (such as wood, mother of pearl, pewter, brass silver or shell) of different colours are inserted into surface wood veneer to form intricate patterns such as scrolls or flowers.

The technique of veneered marquetry had its inspiration in 16th century Florence. Marquetry elaborated upon Florentine techniques of inlaying solid marble slabs with designs formed of fitted marbles, jaspers and semi-precious stones. This work, called opere di commessi, has medieval parallels in Central Italian "Cosmati"-work of inlaid marble floors, altars and columns. The technique is known in English as pietra dura, for the "hardstones" used: onyx, jasper, cornelian, lapis lazuli and colored marbles. In Florence, the Chapel of the Medici at San Lorenzo is completely covered in a colored marble facing using this demanding jig-sawn technique.

Techniques of wood marquetry were developed in Antwerp and other Flemish centers of luxury cabinet-making during the early 16th century. The craft was imported full-blown to France after the mid-seventeenth century, to create furniture of unprecedented luxury being made at the royal manufactory of the Gobelins, charged with providing furnishings to decorate Versailles and the other royal residences of Louis XIV. Early masters of French marquetry were the Fleming Pierre Golle and his son-in-law, André-Charles Boulle, who founded a dynasty of royal and Parisian cabinet-makers (ébénistes) and gave his name to a technique of marquetry employing shell and brass with pewter in arabesque or intricately foliate designs.
  

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

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