A rare William & Mary oak swivel-action joined folding-table, circa 1690-1700 Of cricket table type
Lot 753
A rare William & Mary oak swivel-action joined folding-table, circa 1690-1700
Of cricket table type
Sold for £5,000 (US$ 8,493) inc. premium
Lot Details
A rare William & Mary oak swivel-action joined folding-table, circa 1690-1700
Of cricket table type
The top of circular form when fully opened, with three boards creating a central triangle, with a hinged 'semi-circular' fall-leaf to each outer-edge, opening on a swivel-action, raised on three block and ring-turned tapering legs, with split-bobbin mouldings applied to the mid-leg block and joined by a boarded under-tier, enclosing a small drawer and with integral scroll-cut spandrels to the rails, plain stretchers below, open 89cm diameter x 70cm high

Footnotes

  • Three examples of this rare form of folding-table are illustrated Victor Chinnery, Oak furniture: The British Tradition, pp.305 - 306. Two have a triangular-shaped top opening to form a hexagon, whilst only one has rounded leaves opening to form a circle, as found here. All three illustrated examples use lopers to support the leaves. None use the more efficient and competent swivel-action found on this lot. It creates a highly stable surface when employed. Its use in the late 17th century can be viewed as a precursor to the mechanism's popularity throughout the 18th century as demonstrated by the plethora of swivel-action tea and gaming tables constructed.
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