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Antique 12ft 6" Victorian Dining Table & 12 Chairs 19th Century

Antique 12ft 6" Victorian Dining Table & 12 Chairs 19th Century Sold

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This is an extremely rare opportunity to own an antique Victorian oval extending dining table, made of flame mahogany and a matching bespoke set of twelve Swag back dining chairs.

The table is made of flame mahogany and has three leaves which can be added or removed as required to suit the occasion by a special winding mechanism, which bears the brass plaque of the maker, Samuel Hawkins, London, he exhibited at the Great Exhibition of 1851.

It has four elegant square and tapering legs that have been embellished with carved floral decoration and terminate in brass castors. It was made by a master craftsman and should last for generations more.

The table is in superb condition and we have French polished it to revive it and bring out the beautiful grain of the  flame mahogany.

With elegant simple lines, this table epitomises the ethos of the Victorian style.

The matching set of twelve bespoke Swag Back dining chairs comprises ten side chairs and a pair of armchairs. These chairs have been masterfully crafted in beautiful solid mahogany, and they all feature an attractive swag back design and 'drop in' seats that have been  re upholstered in a green damask.


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

Dimensions in cm:

Height 76 x Width 376 x Depth 136 - Fully extended

Height 76 x Width 184 x Depth 136 - With all 3 leaves removed

Height 86 x Width 51 x Depth 55 - Chairs

Height 87 x Width 54 x Depth 56 - Armchairs

Dimensions in inches:

Height 2 feet, 6 inches x Width 12 feet, 4 inches x Depth 4 feet, 5 inches - Fully extended

Height 2 feet, 6 inches x Width 6 feet, 0 inches x Depth 4 feet, 5 inches - With all 3 leaves removed

Height 2 feet, 10 inches x Width 1 foot, 8 inches x Depth 1 foot, 10 inches - Chairs

Height 2 feet, 10 inches x Width 1 foot, 9 inches x Depth 1 foot, 10 inches - Armchairs

Flame Mahogany
Thomas Sheraton
 - 18th century furniture designer, once characterized mahogany as "best suited to furniture where strength is demanded as well as a wood that works up easily, has a beautiful figure and polishes so well that it is an ornament to any room in which it may be placed." Matching his words to his work, Sheraton designed much mahogany furniture. The qualities that impressed Sheraton are particularly evident in a distinctive pattern of wood called "flame mahogany."

The flame figure in the wood is revealed by slicing through the face of the branch at the point where it joins another element of the tree.

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).


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: 08932a