dining tables

dining tables, refectory tables & gateleg tables,

farmhouse table

18th century oak farmhouse table of fine colour raised on square legs. W78.5". D30.5". H31". Circa 1780. £2250

CHARLES ii gate leg table

Charles II walnut gate leg table of large proportions and fine colour. Raised on boldly turned legs and stretchers. W63". D53". H30". Circa 1670. £2850

Refectory table

Georgian oak rectory table of good colour with six bulbous legs and square stretchers. Circa 1800-20. W96". D29.5". H32.5". £3950 SALE £3250


Early 18th century oak gateleg table of large proportions with a drawer over a shaped apron and raised on turned legs and square moulded stretchers. Circa 1720. W70". D56.5". H28.5" SOLD


Charles I oak dining or serving refectory table with a two plank top over gun barrel and ball turned legs and square stretchers. Of good colour and completely original. Circa 1650. W72". D24". H31". SOLD


Early 18th century oak double gate leg table of good colour and rectangular form having a drawer over gun barrel turned legs and square stretchers. Circa 1700-20. W58". D44". H28". SOLD


Charles II oak gate leg dining table of fine colour and large proportions with boldly turned legs and stretchers. Circa 1680. W61.5". D53".H29.5". SOLD

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Dining Furniture

Prior to the 16th century dining tables were of a quite basic form, being of a plank table top resting on a simple trestle base. During the 16th century dining tables became more refined and the refectory table was the height of fashion. Consisting often of a long planked top resting on a four or more legged base united by peripheral stretchers. The frieze and often large bulbous legs were decorated with carving. The draw leaf table was similar to the refectory table in that it was of refectory form but with pull out leaves kept under the main top. The idea of this was to give additional length when required.

During the first half of the 17th century the gateleg table came into use. Often of oval form but could be rectangular the gateleg table had drop down leaves which allowed the table to be stored when not in use. Being often oval in shape by the latter part of the 17th century the gateleg table was very popular as everybody could be involved in conversation when sitting in the round and hence gateleg tables continued to be made until well into the 18th century.

Drop leaf tables in many ways more simple to use than the gate leg table because the gate under the table was now replaced by a single leg which swung out as a support for the leaves continued the theme of drop down leaves throughout the 18th century.