solid French oak, this table dates from the 19th century and combines a
pleasing classicism focusing on the pots à feu or "cup and cover"
motifs of the rising baluster legs with an overall Gothic flavor or even Country
French flavor. Its
sturdy construction is based on an "H" stretcher supported by bun feet. Although not a refectory table, this central
stretcher is reminiscent of that simple yet practical design in its 19th
century guise as a draw leaf table.
top consists of three pieces, such that
the end pieces pull out and add to the length of the table in order to seat as
many as 12 people. When not extended,
the leaves slide under the top and are stored out of sight.
The variation in color in
the photos below reflects the difficulty
in photographing the table using
a flash while trying to limit reflection
and glare. The true color
is closest to the photos immediately