This is a superb bespoke dining set comprising a monumental 35ft dining table with the matching set of thirty six chairs.
The table is made from burr walnut which has a beautiful grain with exquisite marquetry decorations which include bouquets of flowers, musical instruments, vases, swirls and geometric designs.
It has eight 3ft leaves which can be added or removed as required to suit the occasion by a special double wind out mechanism. When all the leaves are removed the table is transformed into a mid sized oval dining table.
The table is raised on eight elegant hand carved reeded legs which terminate in brass cap castors.
The bespoke set of thirty six burr walnut and marquetry inlaid chairs compliment the table beautifully and comprises a pair of armchairs and thirty four side chairs. They are made from solid walnut and have upholstered drop in seats which lift off so that the cane seats below can be used in warm weather.
This is a new bespoke handmade dining set.
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 82 x Width 1,070 x Depth 170 - Fully Extended
Height 82 x Width 350 x Depth 170 - Fully closed
Height 105 x Width 56 x Depth 53 - Armchairs
Height 105 x Width 48 x Depth 46 - Chairs
Height 53 - Seat height
Dimensions in inches:
Height 2 foot, 8 inches x Width 35 feet, 1 inch x Depth 5 foot, 7 inches - Fully Extended
Height 2 foot, 8 inches x Width 11 foot, 6 inches x Depth 5 foot, 7 inches - Fully closed
Height 3 foot, 5 inches x Width 1 foot, 10 inches x Depth 1 foot, 9 inches - Armchairs
Height 3 foot, 5 inches x Width 1 foot, 7 inches x Depth 1 foot, 6 inches - Chairs
Height 1 foot, 9 inches - Seat height
Our reference: 01033a
Please feel free to email or call us (+44 20 8809 9605) to arrange a viewing in our North London warehouse.