This is a wonderful bespoke handmade Victorian style large dining table. Crafted in burr walnut it features exceptional quality marquetry.
Seating sixteen people in royal comfort, it is an amazing piece of luxury furniture which will add splendour to any room. This large dining table is also appropriate for a conference room or any commercial space such as a feature piece in a hotel dining room or lobby, it is sure to be a talking point.
Due to its beautifully figured grain, burr walnut has been used for centuries by the fine furniture makers. This large dining table has been further embellished with superb inlaid marquetry foliate decoration.
The wonderful hand cut inlaid marquetry decoration of entwined leaves and flowers is made from wood veneers of various shades. To highlight the natural grain of the wood and the excellent artistry of the marquetry, we have French polished this large dining table by hand.
This large dining table can be extended with four leaves using a double wind out mechanism. This flexibility means this large dining table can be converted into a smaller table to suit any occasion.
This wonderful large dining table stands on six beautifully and very sturdy carved legs terminating with brass cap castors.
The set of chairs shown in the photos are also available at additional cost. They are not included in the price of the table.
This is brand new bespoke and handmade large dining table. As such it is in perfect and pristine condition.
The Making of this Marquetry Masterpiece
Please take a few moments to watch our video which explains how this wonderful large dining table was made. You can also read about this below where we explain the process.
We are very lucky to have third-generation master craftspeople working in our Italian workshop where this wonderful large dining table was made. It has been made with the greatest care and attention to detail.
As you can imagine, making such fine large dining tables is a complex process involving lots of phases requiring a great deal of skill and craftsmanship.
The first step is to work out the design for the marquetry and draw this onto paper. This is then glued onto a sheet of plywood with the veneers being pinned on the underside. We can only work with sixteen sheets of veneers and for this large dining table we used eight veneer sheets for the burr walnut and eight for the marquetry.
Using a fret cutter with a very fine blade, we cut out the marquetry shapes making sure we use appropriately coloured veneers to compose the foliage and flowers. The fret cutter is now powered by electricity, but in the old days the cutting blades would have been powered by treadles.
We then place the veneer pieces on a large tray and taking each piece individually, we singe it in hot sand heated in a red hot crucible. This enables us to achieve a different shade for each piece of veneer depending on how deep and how long we leave it in the sand.
The veneer pieces are then hand-inserted piece-by-piece into the burr walnut. These are then taped in place and when the design is finished it is turned over and a piece of glued paper is attached to the back to hold the whole piece together. The tape on the front is then removed.
In the meantime, the solid mahogany table is veneered with mahogany, once on the top side, and twice on the underside (horizontally and vertically).
The burr walnut and marquetry veneer sheet is put on the mahogany table top and the whole piece of the large dining table top is put into a hot press which fixes the marquetry and burr walnut veneer to the tabletop surface. This surface is then veneered four time to prevent it from warping or bowing.
Once everything is assembled, the large dining table is expertly French polished by hand resulting in a truly spectacular bespoke large dining table featuring a masterpiece of marquetry.
About Burr Walnut
Virtually all walnut wood displays a unique swirling figure when cut and polished, particularly when the wood is taken from where the tree meets the roots. True burr however can only be taken from a rare growth pattern in a walnut tree where tiny branches, sometimes numbering hundreds, have started to grow. Burr walnut is particularly prized by fine furniture makers because it produces some of the most wonderfully delicate and complex wood figuring to be found in any sort of wood. Because of this, we have chosen to use burr walnut in our large dining table.
The technique of using inlays to create designs has been used both in marble and wood since the early 16th century. The centre for marble working became Florence where extremely ornate stone work was undertaken using inlays of semi precious stones, jaspers and different coloured marbles.
Using inlaid wood veneers of different hues was pioneered in Flanders and in particular Antwerp where fine cabinet-makers developed the techniques needed to produce marquetry. The craft then passed into France and was used extensively by the luxury furniture makers of the time particularly for items for Louis XIV’s royal palaces including Versailles. Manufacturers such as Gobelins took the art to a new height creating items of unprecedented luxury and splendour for the royal court.
Early marquetry masters included Pierre Golle, a master craftsman from Flanders and his son-in-law Andre-Charles Boulle. They founded a dynasty of Parisian cabinet-makers became famous for marquetry that used brass and pewter in intricate foliage designs and who supplied the royal household.
Marquetry continues to flourish using modern designs and techniques. However, the skills required to produce marquetry designs from earlier centuries are rare.We consider ourselves very lucky to have third generation skilled marquetry craftsmen and women in our Italian workshop enabling us to create this exquisite marquetry large dining table for you.
Winding Mechanism for extending tables
Samuel Hawkins patented a screw expander mechanism in 1861. His business was bought by Joseph Fitter in 1864, who used the screw expander as the basis for winding mechanisms for extending tables. He also used it for other things such as piano stools.
French polish is a process rather than just a type of polish made from alcohol and shellac. The painstaking process of polishing and repolishing results in an exceptionally high gloss on the wood surface. The technique became prominent in the 18th century and has been used for the finest luxury furniture items ever since.
French polished surfaces are soft and stain easily (e.g. with a spill of water or a hot coffee cup) but are also more easily patch repaired than other surfaces such as lacquers or veneers, because due to the softeness, the area can be blended into the surrounding finish.
If you would like to know more about our large dining tables or have any specific queries or questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us by email or call us on the above number. We have experts on hand who will be delighted to take your call. You can also arrange a viewing of this table or our other large dining tables in our North London warehouse. Just email or call to arrange an appointment. Please quote our reference 01213 so we know which item you are interested in.
The showroom is open to the public every weekday between 10am to 5pm and on occasional Saturdays - please call before travelling on a Saturday.
Shipping, Delivery and Returns
This marquetry dining table is a very fine piece of work and we ensure that it properly protected and packed before we ship it to you. We can ship to any destination worldwide, but ask that you call for a shipping quotation first before ordering the item. We ship items to any UK mainland destination free of charge.
As required by the Distance Selling Regulations, we offer a 14-day money back guarantee if you are not satisfied with your purchase. Please bear in mind that you will be liable for the return shipping charges unless we have supplied you with an item that is materially different from the one you ordered. You must return it in its original packaging and condition. You will also be responsible for any local taxes or customs duties that are incurred outside the European Union.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 79 x Width 500 x Depth 180 - When fully extended
Height 79 x Width 180 x Depth 180 - When fully closed
Dimensions in inches:
Height 2 feet, 7 inches x Width 16 feet, 5 inches x Depth 5 feet, 11 inches - When fully extended
Height 2 feet, 7 inches x Width 5 feet, 11 inches x Depth 5 feet, 11 inches - When fully closed
Our reference: 01213
Please feel free to email or call us (+44 20 8809 9605) to arrange a viewing in our North London warehouse.