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19C Country Squires Mahogany Hunt Table
Presenting a gorgeous 19tn century Country Squires mahogany hunt table. This table was made in the late 19th century circa 1880, and is made of solid mahogany and sits on 8 legs with ball and claw feet. 2 drop-leafs on either side supported by swinging gate legs on either side when upwards. Oval in shape …. it would comfortably seat 8 people. Made in either Britain or Ireland. This is a ‘Hunt’ Table and not to be confused with an Irish ‘Wake’ Table. Whilst ‘Hunt Tables’ and ‘Wake Tables’ are similar in shape and design their original purposes could not be more different. Wake Tables were made and used by indigenous Irish people for 2 purposes: (1) As a full functional dining table and (2) the central section had to be of sufficient width and length to support a coffin for the purpose of ‘waking’ the deceased in their home. Wake Tables were almost always made of oak, as this was the most common wood found in Ireland and therefore available to the ordinary (and poor) Irish Folk. Sometimes they might also be made of elm or sycamore. Hunt Tables. however, we not made for the purposes of holding a coffin or ‘waking’ the dead. They were made for the ruling classes, nobility or gentry for the sole purpose of use on the day of the ‘hunt’. This would be the fox hunting season of Fall and Winter, where the participants in the ‘hunt’ would gather at the local manor house early in the morning and the snacks and refreshments would be displayed for eating and drinking on the ‘hunt’ table. Hunt Tables are almost always made of mahogany which was an expensive and exotic hardwood imported from Cuba and the West Indies. When not in use they would be put up against a wall with the leafs down and items would be displayed on top. This table is obviously a ‘hunt’ table because: (1) It is made of mahogany (2) the central section is not wide enough to safely hold at coffin at rest (3) the ball and claw feet are rarely found on wake tables as they would be too ornate for the poor Irish folk. We are of the opinion that this table would have belonged to a ‘Country Squire’. Not a Lord or Earl or Duke, as it is way too plain for the upper classes and the ball and claw feet are not of the absolute highest quality carving. It is still a beautiful example of it’s kind and it’s simplicity makes it more affordable. Provenance: From a Private collection. Dimensions: 96? long, each leaf is 21.5? Deep and the central section is 13.75? deep (total: 56.75? Deep), it is 30? tall. It has a knee clearance of 29.25?.
- Date of Manufacture1880
- Condition DetailsOverall in VERY GOOD condition for its age. One or two minor areas of restoration on the end of the leafs.
- WearWear consistent with age and use.
- DimensionsH 30 in. x W 96 in. x D 56.75 in.H 76.2 cm x W 243.84 cm x D 144.15 cm
- Seller LocationDallas, TX
- Reference NumberLU3978116675351
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