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Jacobean Tables

Long Dining Tables

Dining tables of the Jacobean furniture era were massive items, handmade of oak, and sometimes of elm or yew, with many at an extra long 8 legs.

In their decorating and ornamentation they were considerably more restrained than Elizabethan tables, their immediate forebears. Less carving was to be seen and the bulbous legs of yesteryear had become baluster turned. Their architectural friezes were often fluted or carved, sometimes inlaid, with small brackets used at the joins between frieze and legs.

Oak Table
Oak Table.

Dining table tops were thinner and set in narrow boards clamped at each end to prevent warping of the wood.

Gate Leg Tables

Small "falling tables" were made from the early 17th century in England and their unique utility soon saw them replacing Elizabethan drop leaf tables and becoming a popular item, now known as gate leg tables, enduring to this day.

Gate Leg Table
Jacobean Gate Leg Table forming Console with Gate Closed.
The turned legs with square bases and tops indicate date as early as 1610. The deep apron carved with fretted arch is an unusual feature.

These antique gate leg tables, made of oak, were semi-circular or octagonal and had 3 to 4 legs depending on shape. Their folding function made them especially useful in small rooms. Hinged drop leaf flaps were supported by moveable gates.

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