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What does a gateleg table mean?

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What does a gateleg table mean?

“Gate” in “gateleg table” refers to the pivoted leg supports under the table that are connected at their ends by crosspieces. When raised, the table’s two drop leaves, which are usually D-shaped, are supported upon these gates. When gateleg tables originated in England in the 16th century, they were oval or round and were generally named after their shape (and weren’t yet called gateleg tables) in order to distinguish them from the long tables they’d replaced, as dining had by then been relegated to meals for the family, not an entire household and assembled guests.

1stDibs ExpertMarch 16, 2020
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Small Oval Gateleg Table
Located in Greenwich, CT
An English oak gateleg table of small scale with traditional flaps supported on two gates that fold
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Antique Late 18th Century English Card Tables and Tea Tables

Materials

Oak

Plank End Gateleg Table
Located in Greenwich, CT
Good late 17th century English or Welsh oak gateleg table, the oval top over balustrade silhouette
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Antique Late 17th Century Welsh Baroque Drop-leaf and Pembroke Tables

Materials

Oak

Large Gateleg Table In Oak
Located in Brussels, Brussels
lovely oak table called Gateleg Very beautiful table which has a very beautiful turned base
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20th Century British Aesthetic Movement Dining Room Tables

Materials

Oak

English 18th Century Gateleg Table
Located in Delft, NL
English 18th century gateleg table. An Oak drop-leaf gateleg table with folding sides, resting
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Antique 18th Century English Drop-leaf and Pembroke Tables

Materials

Oak

18th Century Oval Gateleg Table
Located in Lincolnshire, GB
A lovely colour and fine quality timber mahogany carbriole leg drop-leaf table with well carved ball and claw feet. Superb colour and patina. Circa 1770
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Antique Late 18th Century English Georgian Tables

Materials

Mahogany

17th Century Danish Baroque Gateleg Table
Located in Chicago, IL
An exceptional 17th century Danish Baroque oak oval gateleg table with four skilfully turned legs
Category

Antique 17th Century Danish Baroque Dining Room Tables

Materials

Oak

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