With the government allowing three families to come together this festive season, now is the time to make sure you have the right dining table and enough chairs to accommodate everyone. Ahead of our Fine Furniture, Sculpture, Ceramics and Carpets auction on 10 December, we have picked out some of the many examples of extending dining tables of varying forms and size which would be ideal, whether you are catering for two or more, as well as some of the many sets of dining chairs to ensure everyone has a seat at the table.
Whether you will be having a quiet Christmas or are expecting to have two other households joining you, an extending dining table is the way to go to ensure you can accommodate everyone. A highlight from the auction is Lot 714, a George III mahogany triple pedestal dining table, circa 1800. This classic table has two additional leaf insertions. It is designed with a rectangular top with reeded edges and rounded corners. Each turned pillar also incorporates reeded collars, on moulded downswept legs which terminate with brass caps and castors.
Another classic design is Lot 633, a Regency mahogany concertina action extending dining table, circa 1815. This table is designed in the manner of Gillows. It has a rectangular twin hinged top with re-entrant rounded corners and reeded edges above a plain frieze on reeded turned tapering legs which are finished with brass caps and castors. This again comes with two additional leaf insertions.
From the same period, we also have Lot 783, a Regency mahogany triple pedestal dining table, circa 1815. This table is probably of Irish manufacture. It showcases a rectangular top with rounded corners above baluster turned pedestals , each on four scroll moulded downswept tapering cabriole legs terminating in brass caps and castors. With two additional leaf insertions, the table measures 347cm long when fully extended.
If you are looking for a circular dining table, Lot 809 is the one for you. This mahogany circular concentric extending dining table of recent manufacture is made in the Regency style and utilises the 'Jupe' design.
Robert Jupe was first granted his patent for a circular extending dining table with segmented top in March 1835. The originals were designed not only to extend to a larger circle but by inserting a few of the additional leaves the table could be made into an oval or oblong table. This table has a circular top above the turned baluster stem and concave sided base, and sits on stylised lion paw feet. When closed, the table measures a diameter of 153cm, and 214cm when fully extended.
In the upcoming auction, we have a wonderful selection of dining chairs in varying lengths of set and a variety of different price points. A highlight is Lot 766, a set of fourteen George IV mahogany dining chairs, almost certainly by Gillows. These are perfect if you are looking to mix and match. Each is shaped with a rectangular back with moulded detail throughout and each has a drop in seat above turned tapering legs and stretchers. The set includes a pair of armchairs.
For more festive tones, you might like Lot 573, a set of eight mahogany dining chairs in the George III style. These are late 19th or early 20th century and are design in the manner of Thomas Chippendale. Each has a shaped top rail above a pierced vase shaped splat, with a padded and upholstered tapering rectangular seat, above square section legs, headed by pierced spandrels and joined by an H-shaped stretcher.
From a private collection from a Oxfordshire Country House we have Lot 632, a set of six George III mahogany and upholstered dining chairs, circa 1810. Each has an oval back centred by a pierced foliate carved splat, incorporating a patter terminal above the padded and upholstered seat, on reeded square tapering legs finished in lappet carved feet.
We also have Lot 688, a set of six Chinese Export exotic hardwood dining chairs, circa 1790. These are made after a design by George Hepplewhite, each with a shield back incorporating a pierced and moulded vase shaped splat, above a tapering rectangular rattan seat, on tapering square legs, joined by an H-shaped stretcher.
Thursday 10 December | 10.30am
Donnington Priory, Newbury, Berkshire RG14 2JE
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