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Antique Victorian Oval Dining Table & 8 chairs c.1860

Antique Victorian Oval Dining Table & 8 chairs Sold
Ref:06991c

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This is a fabulous dining set comprising an antique Victorian mahogany oval extending dining table, circa 1860 in date with a set of eight Victorian style balloon back dining chairs.

The table has two original leaves and  has been hand-crafted from solid mahogany which has a beautiful grain and colour.

The two leaves can be added or removed as required to suit the occasion by a special winding mechanism and it sits on it's original brass and porcelain castors which makes it easy to move when required.

The set of eight hand carved solid mahogany  balloon back dining chairs compliment the table perfectly and comprises six side chairs and a pair of armchairs. 

This stunning set will stand out in your dining room and will definitely become a key piece in your furnishing collection.
 

Condition:

In excellent condition having been beautifully restored in our workshops, please see photos for confirmation.
 

Dimensions in cm:

Height 76 x Width 240 x Depth 136 - Table when fully extended

Height 76 x Width 165 x Depth 136 - With both leaves removed

Height 92 x Width 50 x Depth 54 - chairs

Height 95 x Width 57 x Depth 59 - Armchairs

Dimensions in inches:

Height 2 feet, 6 inches x Width 7 feet, 10 inches x Depth 4 feet, 5 inches - Table when fully extended

Height 2 feet, 6 inches x Width 5 feet, 5 inches x Depth 4 feet, 5 inches - With both leaves removed

Height 3 feet, 0 inches x Width 1 foot, 8 inches x Depth 1 foot, 9 inches - chairs

Height 3 feet, 1 inch x Width 1 foot, 10 inches x Depth 1 foot, 11 inches - Armchairs

Mahogany 
is probably one of the largest ‘families’ of hardwood, having many different varieties within its own species.

Mahogany has been used for centuries in ship building, house building, furniture making etc and is the core structure of just about every 19th century vanity box, dressing case or jewellery box. It became more of a Victorian trend to dress Mahogany with these decorative veneers, such as Rosewood, Kingwood, Burr Walnut and Coromandel, so that the actual Mahogany was almost hidden from view.

Mahogany itself is a rich reddish brown wood that can range from being plain in appearance to something that is so vibrant, figured and almost three dimensional in effect. 

Although Mahogany was most often used in its solid form, it also provided some beautifully figured varieties of veneer like ‘Flame’ Mahogany and ‘Fiddleback’ Mahogany (named after its preferred use in the manufacture of fine musical instruments).

Cuban Mahogany was so sought after, that by the late 1850′s, this particular variety became all but extinct.

 

Winding Mechanism for extending tables
A man by the name of Samuel Hawkins applied for a patent on a screw expander on June 6th, 1861. Presumably, Mr. Hawkins either died or retired because his business was taken over by a young machinist named Joseph Fitter  in 1864.
Joseph Fitter operated a machinist shop where he produced winding mechanisms for extending tables as well as screw expanders for piano stools and other applications at 210 Cheapside, Birmingham England by the name of Britannia Works.

 

 

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).

Satinwood

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: 06991c