This is a fabulous large handmade bespoke dining table in the Victorian manner. It is crafted from burr walnut and features superb marquetry decoration. Seating eighteen people in regal comfort, it is an extraordinary piece of furniture which will add splendour to any room.
Burr walnut has been used for centuries by fine cabinet makers due to its beautiful grain. This large dining table has been further embellished with superb inlaid marquetry decoration featuring urns, ribbons, flowers, vases and birds.
The gorgeous hand cut inlaid marquetry decoration is cut from different wood veneers of various colours. To highlight the superb artistry of the marquetry, as well as the natural grain of the wood, this large dining table has been expertly French polished by hand.
This exquisite large dining table has four leaves. The leaves can be added or removed to vary the length of the table using a special double winding mechanism. This gives the table wonderful flexibility enabling it to be adjusted to suit the occasion.
As a large dining table it needs extra stability so it stands on six finely carved legs which terminate with brass cap castors.
The set of chairs shown in the photos are NOT included in the price of the table, but can be ordered separately if required.
As a new bespoke handmade large dining table, this item is in pristine condition.
The Making of this Marquetry Masterpiece
Please view our video showing this process.
Our bespoke marquetry large dining tables are made in our Italian workshop with the greatest care and attention to detail by our third generation master craftspeople.
Making a marquetry large dining table involves many phases and a great deal of skill and craftsmanship as you will discover when reading about the process below.
First the design of the marquetry is drawn on paper and then glued onto a sheet of plywood. The veneers are then attached to the underside with pins. The maximum number of sheets of veneer that can be worked with is sixteen, and in the case of this large dining table we used eight for the burr walnut and eight for the marquetry.
With a fret cutter and using a very fine blade, the marquetry shapes are cut out, using the burr walnut and various coloured veneers to compose the flowers, urns, birds, ribbons and other marquetry decoration. These days we use an electric fret cutter, although in the 18th and 19th centuries the cutters would have been operated by treadles.
The newly cut pieces of veneer are then placed on a large tray and singed by being placed in hot sand heated in a red hot crucible. A different shade is achieved for each veneer piece by varying how deep and how long it is left in the hot sand.
The various pieces of veneer are then hand-inserted into the burr walnut, piece by piece. They are taped in place and then when the full pattern is complete, the whole piece is turned over and a large piece of glued paper is placed over the whole design. The tape is then removed.
The solid mahogany table is then veneered with mahogany, twice on the underside (horizontally and vertically) and once on the top side.
After this, the prepared marquetry and burr walnut sheet is placed on top and the whole table top is put into a hot press, which glues the marquetry and burr walnut sheet to the large dining table top.
The backing paper is then sanded off and the table top is veneered four times to prevent the top from bowing or warping.
Once the assembly is complete, the table is French polished by hand using all-natural products, resulting in a truly wonderful bespoke masterpiece of marquetry.
You are very welcome to email us or call us with any questions you might have about this very large dining table. We would also be delighted to arrange a viewing of this table at our North London warehouse, just email or call for an appointment quoting our reference: 08529, so we know which large dining table you are referring to.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 82 x Width 499 x Depth 150 - when fully extended
Height 82 x Width 180 x Depth 150 - when fully closed
Dimensions in inches:
Height 2 foot, 8 inches x Width 16 foot, 4 inches x Depth 4 foot, 11 inches - when fully extended
Height 2 foot, 8 inches x Width 5 foot, 11 inches x Depth 4 foot, 11 inches - when fully closed
Our reference: 08529
Please feel free to email or call us (+44 20 8809 9605) to arrange a viewing in our North London warehouse.