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A Fine and Rare James I Oak Centre Table

Most unusually, the top of the table is made from a single oak board, beautifully grained and moulded on all four edges. Six large square pegs secure the top to the rails, which are double run-moulded on all sides, and finished along the bottom edge with a projecting bolection moulding. Facing forward is a concealed drawer retaining the original iron lock.

The legs are beautifully worked, with a series of “pineapple” turnings. Each pineapple with three incised lines around the middle. The stretchers have very similar, although slightly smaller, turnings, with a little “wedding ring” detail in the middle.

I would consider that this piece was made for a family of wealth, and the craftsman who made it was a turner, rather than a joiner. Comparisons can be made to turner’s chairs, made in the same period – the first quarter of the 17th century, where stout turnings were used for the frame and lighter turnings used for the spindles and stretchers.

The table has a wonderful colour and surface.

English, circa 1620.

Width 35 inches, depth 21 inches, height 30.5 inches.

Ref 2506


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