Bespoke Handmade 12ft Victorian Style Burr Walnut Marquetry Dining Table
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This bespoke handmade large dining table measures 360 cm (approximately 12 feet) when fully extended. Crafted in the Victorian style, it features superb marquetry and comfortably seats twelve people.
This large dining table is a wonderful piece of elegant furniture which would work equally well as a conference table or as a bespoke table for a venue such as a restaurant or hotel.
Crafted in burr walnut, a beautifully figured wood, this large dining table also features wonderful inlaid marquetry designs of swags, urns and ribbons all hand-made and inset by hand. Made from wood veneers of various shades, this large dining table has been expertly French polished by hand using natural materials to bring out the gorgeous wood grains and show off the marquetry to the very best effect.
Featuring a special winding mechanism, there are three leaves of 60 cm (2 feet) each, which can be added or removed as needed to suit any occasion.
This lovely large dining table has four wonderfully carved legs that also feature marquetry and that terminate in brass cap castors.
The matching chairs shown in the photographs are also available as a separate purchase.
This large dining table is brand new, so is in pristine condition.
The Making of this Marquetry Masterpiece
Please take a few moments to view the video we have made about how this large dining table was made. You can also learn about the process used to make this large dining table below.
We consider ourselves very lucky to have third-generation master craftsmen and women in our workshops based in Italy who are highly skilled in crafting handmade tables with inlaid marquetry. The photos and video demonstrates the amount of skill that has gone into making this large dining table.
Making such a fine large dining table requires a number of phases each of which requires a meticulous attention to detail to ensure the end product is truly exquisite.
The starting point is designing the marquetry patterns and choosing the particular veneers needed to complement the overall design. In the case of this large dining table, we chose marquetry designs and veneers that were in keeping with the styling of the Victorian era.
The design is drawn on paper which is then pasted onto plywood and the specially chosen veneers are pinned on the underside of the plywood. The marquetry shapes are then cut out using a fret saw with a very fine blade, a process that requires a keen eye and steady hand.
Each piece of veneer is then laid out on a large tray and then singed in hot sand heated in a red hot cruicible. The shade of each piece of veneer is determined by the depth and length of time it is left in the hot sand. This is painstaking work as each small veneer element is selected individually and toasted in the sand to just the right colour for the design.
Each marquetry piece is then hand-fitted into the burr walnut background and taped in place. Once the whole design is completed, it is turned over and a piece of glued paper is placed on the back holding all the individual items in place. At this stage the tape can then be removed.
The solid mahogany large dining table with its leaves is prepared by having its table top veneered both on top and underneath. The marquetry and burr walnut sheet is then carefully placed on the tabletop and hot pressed to fix it in place. The whole table top is veneered an additional four times to ensure there is no warping or bowing of the find marquetry and burr walnut surface.
Once completed, the whole table is French polished by hand to ensure that all the fabulous colours of the marquetry and wood grains is highlighted to perfection resulting in an extraordinary large dining table.
Will it fit?
This is a very large dining table so be careful to measure the space where you would like it to go, including the door to the room where you would like it placed. Fully extended using the leaves, this large dining table has a height of 80 cm (2 feet, 7 inches) and a depth of 130 cm (4 feet, 3 inches) and a length of 360 cm (11 feet, 10 inches). When it is closed (the leaves are not being used) the height and depth are the same, but the length is reduced to 180 cm (5 feet, 11 inches). As you can see, even in its reduced state, this is a substantial large dining table.
About Burr Walnut
Burr walnut has been used by furniture makers for centuries due to its wonderful swirling figure which adds true glamour to the pieces it is used for. Most walnut wood displays the swirling figure when it is cut and polished, particularly when it is cut from where the trunk of the tree meets the roots. However, ‘true’ burr walnut comes from a rare growth pattern of a walnut tree where hundreds of tiny branches have started to grow. This formation is unusual and rare, so burr walnut usually refers to the more ordinary swirling figures found in more normal growth.
Marquetry is a craft that developed in the early 16th century where different materials were inlaid into stone or wood to create patterns and pictures. Inlaying different types of stones into marble started in Florence with the technique being copied for wood in Flanders and particularly Antwerp.
The craft passed into France during the opulent reign of Louis XIV and his successors in the 17th century, where the beauty and elegance of furniture with marquetry was used to furnish royal palaces and other aristocratic residences.
Marquetry continues to flourish today using modern techniques and designs. However, we pride ourselves in producing large dining tables with marquetry that uses the hand making techniques of the master craftsmen of earlier centuries. This has enabled us to create this exquisite marquetry large dining table in a way that is authentically in keeping with its Victorian styling.
French polishing is much a technique as a particular type of polish. The actual French polish is made from alcohol and shellac, but also requires a process of buffing and polishing that is arduous and takes a long time, with various steps needed to produce the very high gloss finish that is unsurpassed by any other method of finishing fine furniture.
More Information and to View This Marquetry Dining Table
Please feel free to email or call us on the above number if you have any questions or queries. We have experts on hand who are always delighted to help. You can also arrange a viewing of this large dining table and also our other stock of Victorian style marquetry large dining tables. Just email or call for an appointment at our North London warehouse. Please quote reference 00917 so we know which large dining table interests you.
Please note that our London warehouse and showroom is open for public viewings between 10am until 5pm every weekday and also on occasional Saturdays. We do not open every Saturday so please call before travelling.
Shipping, Delivery and Returns
We ship free of charge to any mainland UK destination.
If you would like to have this large dining table shipped to another destination, we are happy to pack and ship it worldwide, but please do ask us for a shipping quote first before purchasing the item as we need to be sure we can meet your requirements and expectations.
We offer a 14-day money back guarantee if you are not satisfied with your purchase in keeping with the Distance Selling Regulations. Please be aware that you are responsible for paying the return shipping charges, unless we sent you an item that is materially different to the one you ordered. You must return this large dining table in its original packaging and condition to be eligible for a refund.
You are also responsible for paying any custom duties or local taxes that are incurred by shipping this large dining table outside the European Union.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 80 x Width 360 x Depth 130 - Fully extended
Height 80 x Width 180 x Depth 130 - Fully closed
3 x 60 cm leaves
Dimensions in inches:
Height 2 feet, 7 inches x Width 11 feet, 10 inches x Depth 4 feet, 3 inches - Fully extended
Height 2 feet, 7 inches x Width 5 feet, 11 inches x Depth 4 feet, 3 inches - Fully closed
3 x 60 cm leaves
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: 00917
Please feel free to email or call us (+44 20 8809 9605) to arrange a viewing in our North London warehouse.