Huge Bespoke 5 Meter Marquetry Extending Burr Walnut Dining Table

Huge Bespoke 5 Meter Marquetry Extending Burr Walnut Dining Table

Huge Bespoke 5 Meter Marquetry Extending Burr Walnut Dining Table

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This is a wonderful bespoke handmade Victorian style  large dining table. Crafted in burr walnut it features exceptional quality marquetry.Seating sixteen people in royal comfort, it is an amazing piece of luxury furniture which will add splendour to any room. Also appropriate for a conference room or any commercial space such as a feature piece in a hotel dining room or lobby, it is sure to be a talking point.

Due to its beautifully figured grain, burr walnut has been used for centuries by the fine furniture makers. This large dining table has been further embellished with superb inlaid marquetry foliate decoration.

The wonderful hand cut inlaid marquetry decoration of entwined leaves and flowers is made from wood veneers of various shades. To highlight the natural grain of the wood and the excellent artistry of the marquetry, we have French polished this large dining table by hand.

This wonderful large dining table stands on six beautifully carved legs terminating with brass cap castors.

The set of chairs shown in the photos are also available at additional cost. They are not included in the price of the table.

ConditionThis is brand new bespoke and handmade large dining table. As such it is in perfect and pristine condition.

The Making of this Marquetry MasterpiecePlease take a few moments to watch our video which explains how this wonderful large dining table was made. You can also read about this below where we explain the process.

We are very lucky to have third-generation master craftspeople working in our Italian workshop where this wonderful large dining table was made. It has been made with the greatest care and attention to detail.

As you can imagine, making such fine large dining tables is a complex process involving lots of phases requiring a great deal of skill and craftsmanship.

The first step is to work out the design for the marquetry and draw this onto paper. This is then glued onto a sheet of plywood with the veneers being pinned on the underside. We can only work with sixteen sheets of veneers and for this large dining table we used eight veneer sheets for the burr walnut and eight for the marquetry.

Using a fret cutter with a very fine blade, we cut out the marquetry shapes making sure we use appropriately coloured veneers to compose the foliage and flowers. The fret cutter is now powered by electricity, but in the old days the cutting blades would have been powered by treadles.

We then place the veneer pieces on a large tray and taking each piece individually, we singe it in hot sand heated in a red hot crucible. This enables us to achieve a different shade for each piece of veneer depending on how deep and how long we leave it in the sand.

The veneer pieces are then hand-inserted piece-by-piece into the burr walnut. These are then taped in place and when the design is finished it is turned over and a piece of glued paper is attached to the back to hold the whole piece together. The tape on the front is then removed.

In the meantime, the solid mahogany table is veneered with mahogany, once on the top side, and twice on the underside (horizontally and vertically).

The burr walnut and marquetry veneer sheet is put on the mahogany table top and the whole piece of the large dining table top is put into a hot press which fixes the marquetry and burr walnut veneer to the table top surface. This surface is then veneered four time to prevent it from warping or bowing.

Once the assembly is complete, the table is French polished by hand using all-natural products, resulting in a truly wonderful bespoke masterpiece of marquetry.

About Burr WalnutNearly all walnut wood, when cut and polished displays a swirling figure. However, true burr is much rarer as it it made from unusual growth on the tree where hundreds of tiny branches have started to grow. Burr walnut produces some of the most beautifully complex wood figures that can be found in any type of wood and is prized in fine furniture making for this complexity. We have made great use of this wonderful wood in this bespoke handmade large dining table.

MarquetryThe technique of using inlaid wood veneers, silver, brass pewter and mother of pearl to create pictures and patterns was developed in the luxury cabinet making workshops of  Flanders including Antwerp during the early 16th Century. The craft drew its inspiration from 16th Century Florence where craftsmen inlaid solid marble slabs with designs formed from fitted jaspers, semi-precious stones and other marbles.

Marquetry became all the rage in 17th Century France where the craft was imported to create furniture of unprecedented luxury by manufacturers such as Gobelins. Items of great splendour were created for Louis XIV's various royal residences including Versailles. Early masters of the craft included the Fleming Pierre Golle who, together with his son-in-law Andre-Charles Boulle founded a dynasty of Parisian cabinet-makers who supplied the royal household and became famous for a type of marquetry that used brass and pewter to create intricate foliage designs.

Marquetry continues to be used in a range of fine furniture using modern designs and patterns. The skills required to produce marquetry designs, particularly those of earlier centuries are rare.We are very lucky to have the benefit of third generation skilled marquetry craftspeople in our Italian workshop enabling us to bring you this exquisite marquetry large dining table.

Winding Mechanism for extending tablesThe invention of a screw expander mechanism was patented by Samuel Hawkins in 1861 and his business was taken over by Joseph Fitter in 1864. Based in Birmingham, England, Fitter expanded the use of the screw mechanism for extending tables as well as for piano stools and other applications.

French PolishFrench polishing is a process of bringing wood surfaces to an exceptionally high gloss through the application of an alcohol and shellac polish. It requires a lot of patience and hard work, but the resulting finish is regarded as one of the finest available. French polished surfaces are soft and so stain easily (e.g. with a hot coffee cup) but being soft can also be repaired more easily. Stains can be removed and blended back into the French polished surface relatively easily in comparison to other, more modern, wood finishes e.g. varnish.

More InformationYou are very welcome to email us or call us with any questions you might have about this very large dining table. We would also be delighted to arrange a viewing of this table at our North London warehouse, just email or call for an appointment quoting our reference: 01213, so we know which large dining table you are referring to.

Shipping, Delivery and ReturnThis is a very large dining table and requires careful packing and shipping. We can ship to any destination worldwide and will take care of the packing for you, but please do call or email for a quotation before purchasing the item so that we can fully discuss your requirements. We ship to any mainland UK address free of charge.

If you are not satisfied with the item we offer a 14-day money back guarantee in accordance with the Distance Selling Regulations. You will be responsible for the return shipping fees for this large dining table, unless we have erroneously described the item in some material way and you do not receive what you were expecting. You must return the item in its original packaging and condition.

You are also responsible for any customs duties or local taxes that fall due outside the European Union.

Dimensions in cm:

Height 79 x Width 500 x Depth 180 - When fully extended

Height 79 x Width 180 x Depth 180 - When fully closed

Dimensions in inches:

Height 2 feet, 7 inches x Width 16 feet, 5 inches x Depth 5 feet, 11 inches - When fully extended

Height 2 feet, 7 inches x Width 5 feet, 11 inches x Depth 5 feet, 11 inches - When fully closed


W500.0 x H79.0 x D180.0 cm



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