Of heavy timbers, the rectangular top comprised of two wide single planks,
one a drop-leaf, over a corner-shaped frieze raised on slender turned legs and
front stretchers connected by blocks and ending in pad feet
This unique form represents the last
of the gateleg tables produced during the first half
of the 18th century, their
particular quality deemed fine enough for drawing room use.
The single planks on the top
demanded fine and large pieces of timber.
The unique "ox-bow" stretchers were designed to accommodate a sitter's knees.
A nearly identical table is illustrated :
MacQuoid & Edwards, Dictionary of English Furniture,
1927 Edition, Vol. III,
"Gate-Leg Tables", Fig. 24, one of three
from the Tudor house, The Vyne*,
with discussion p. 230. The presented table differs only in the annnulated knops above the feet,
the illustrated table having only slight swellings.
*(Built in the early 1500's by Henry VIII's
Lord Chamberlain, subsequently with the Chute family)
See below the listing for a slightly smaller spider-leg
table, Vernay & Jussel,
Inc., Dec. 1979
This is a sturdy form of the “spider leg table” – not
to be confused with the
many lighter spider-leg
tables reproduced in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
Provenance : A Connecticut
Condition : Excellent; minor repairs to the blocks with original
27.5" High x 36" Wide x 35" Deep (open)
Price : Please Inquire