A Fine James I Oak Long Table
The superbly patinated three-board top, which retains the original cleats to each end, above rails carved with lunettes filled with stylised fern leaves. Unusually, this table has all four rails carved, normally a long table would have the front and both end rails carved, with the back rail either plain or just with a run-moulding. Another interesting feature on the rails is the central gap – the carver has created 4 ½ lunettes to either side of the centre, and then left a small blank panel which could have been carved with an owner’s initials if they so wished.
The gun barrel legs are most impressive, being very heavy in section, beautifully turned and retaining much of the original flat “bun-type” toe. As the leg turnings are “bold”, so the stretchers were made to match, again being of heavy section, with a simple moulding along the top edge.
The use of carving all the way around could suggest this was made as a centre table, perhaps in a church or large entrance hall for a wealthy house.
Outstanding colour and surface.
Gloucestershire, circa 1620.
Length 74.5 inches, width 29.5 inches, height 32 inches.
Provenance – private collection of Michael Gray, oak dealer from Wiltshire, and then private collection in North Yorkshire, where I have known it for many years used as a library table.