Good George III Mahogany "Spider Leg Table"
Of heavy timbers, the rectangular top comprised of two wide single planks,
one a drop-leaf, over a corner-shaped frieze raised on slender turned legs and incurving
front stretchers connected by blocks and ending in pad feet
This unique form represents the last of the gateleg tables produced during the first half
of the 18th century, their particular quality deemed fine enough for drawing room use.
The single planks on the top demanded fine and large pieces of timber.
The unique "ox-bow" stretchers were designed to accommodate a sitter's knees.
See below the listing for a slightly smaller spider-leg table, Vernay & Jussel, Inc., Dec. 1979
This is a sturdy form of the “spider leg table” – not to be confused with the
many lighter spider-leg tables reproduced in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
Illustrated : MacQuoid & Edwards, Dictionary of English Furniture, 1927 Edition, Vol. III,
"Gate-Leg Tables", Fig. 24, one of three from the Tudor house, The Vyne*,
with discussion p. 230.
*(Built in the early 1500's by Henry VIII's Lord Chamberlain, subsequently with the Chute family)
Provenance : A Connecticut Historical Society
Condition : Excellent; minor repairs to the blocks with original pieces
27.5" High x 36" Wide x 35" Deep (open)
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