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Vintage English Solid Oak Refectory Dining Table 8 ft 6 x 3ft

Solid Oak Refectory Table | Vintage English Oak Dining Table | Ref. no. 03869b Sold

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Dating from the mid-twentieth century, this large refectory dining table is hand-crafted from solid English oak in the Jacobean style.

This large dining table or refectory table has been made using traditional methods in our workshops in Norfolk. It comprises a fixed oak plank top and four legs and a single central stretcher connected to two rails. It will comfortably seat ten people.

The distinctive Jacobean refectory styling gives this wonderful piece a distinctive aesthetic which works very well in a country house or hotel setting. Whether this is used as a large dining table or as a conference table, the single central stretcher makes it comfortable to sit at using chairs.

We can also handcraft a table to your own requirements if the size or colour of this one does not meet your requirements.


As can be seen in the photographs, this piece is in superb condition.

More about the Jacobean Style

The term Jacobean is used to describe all the furniture that was made during the reigns of King James I to King James II, a period comprising nearly a century and incorporating the English Commonwealth period under Oliver Cromwell and briefly his son. The style of furniture changed throughout the period.

The early part of the period was still under the influence of the Elizabethan era, which was then superseded by the much plainer Commonwealth style dating from the 1640s, influenced by the Puritan ethic of simplicity. This was reflected by furniture having little or no decoration, very like this large refectory table. Later in the period under the reign of Charles II, a Flemish Baroque influence becomes evident and furniture becomes much more decorated with carved panels, Flemish scrolls and other ornamental twists.

Key characteristics of Jacobean furniture are that it is very sturdy and made to last, and is usually large in size. However, it is also notorious for being uncomfortable as padded upholstery didn’t become fashionable until later in the period. The furniture is usually made from either oak or pine.

More about Oak Wood as Used in Furniture

Oak has some six hundred extant species and is a native of the British Isles. It is famous for its strength and hardness and was the wood of choice for most uses throughout English history, including ships, building construction including frames and roofs as well as furniture. It is very resistant to insect and fungal attack due to its high tannin content. Its grain markings are also very attractive, particularly when it is quartersawn. Oak wood is very durable, easy to maintain and is very resistant to wear and tear. This means that oak wood lasts a very long time and because of this there are still excellent pieces of oak furniture in museums and palaces dating back to the middle ages and even earlier. It was and is a favourite for panelling prestigious buildings with the debating chamber of the House of Commons in London being a prime example.

Viewing & More Information

If you would like more information about this refectory dining table or have any questions or queries, please don’t hesitate to contact us by email or phone on the above number. We would also be delighted to arrange a viewing of this or any of our other large dining tables at our North London warehouse. Just email or call to arrange an appointment quoting reference number 03869b 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 can pack and ship our large dining tables to any destination worldwide, but please do call for a quotation first so we can ensure we meet all your requirements. We ship to any mainland UK address free of charge.

Please ensure there is someone available to take the delivery as re-delivery will be charged for. In keeping with the Distance Selling Regulations we offer a 14-day money back guarantee for our large dining tables provided you return the item in its original packing and condition. You will be liable for the return shipping costs unless we sent you an item that is materially different from what you ordered.

You are fully responsible for any local taxes or customs duties that are payable due to this large dining table being shipped outside the European Union.

Dimensions in cm:

Height 77 x Width 260 x Depth 92

Dimensions in inches:

Height 2 feet, 6 inches x Width 8 feet, 6 inches x Depth 3 feet, 0 inches

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: 03869b