Gothic Dining Table

This large and detailed gothic dining table came to us when we purchased part of an estate in Bordeaux, France. Included were six chairs, a magnificent buffet, a chandelier, a fireplace and this table. Its top has had a clarifying treatment to uncloud the finish and reveal the grain and color of the walnut, and is now extraordinary. The top is supported by four large and thick, smooth columns with carved foliage near the top (and almost invisible without extra effort). The columns are connected to angled side stretchers that join a central one. Rising from this central stretcher is a panel of Gothic arches within arches, resembling the designs seen in Gothic cathedral and one of the most distinctive elements of the Gothic style. Just above this fenestrage is one of the other classic Gothic elements, a small linenfold panel. The table comes with three insertable extensions, but as the fashion of the period required a tablecloth, these were unseen and consequently were made of rough wood, and are not what we would call presentable if not covered. Each of these is 19 5/8” wide, so if all three were inserted, the total length would be approximately 118” or just under 10 feet in length.In one of those rare moments in this business, the original creator’s paper tags are still attached to the underside of the center stretcher. The ebenistes (wood craftsmen) were Meubles Robert in Nantes in Brittany. They also made the other pieces for their client in Bordeaux, which can be found on our website under the same number (4110). We estimate that the table was probably made around 1890.As with all of our offerings, this magnificent table is perfectly suited to include in your country house, castle or chateaux, as is Gothic style is a perfect complement to Renaissance, Louis XIII styles and Louis XIV chairs, s often found in these luxurious spaces. Boccador, Jacqueline, Le Mobilier Français du Moyen Age à la Renaissance, Editions d’Art Monelle Hayot (Saint-Just-en-Chaussée, 1988); Thirion, Jacques, Le Mobilier du Moyen Age et de la Renaissance en France (Editions Faton, Dijon, 1998); Viollet-le-Duc, Eugène, Le Mobilier Médiéval (Georges Bernage, editor) (Editions Heimdal, 2003) Ideal in its intended use as a dining table, it would also command attention as a table in a conference room or large entryway. For more information, visit M. Markley Antiques on the Web -- the premier resource in the U.S. for French Gothic Revival and Renaissance Revival furniture, including Henri II and Louis XIII styles.

Item Details

Reference #:
Furniture & Furnishings
Antiques (approx100yrs)
Circa 1890
(Width x Height X Depth)
59.00 x 28.50 x
Very good