Dining table, 1760-1790
Photo by Peter Harholdt, 2004
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Photo by Peter Harholdt, 2004

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The rectangular dining table has a central top flanked by a pair of large drop leaves. When open, the table is virtually square: 54 inches deep by 59 1/2 inches wide. The central panel of the top is 19 inches wide and each leaf is 20 inches wide. Each is planed from a single board. The rectangular frame or skirt that supports the top is 6 inches deep, cut away at each end in opposing S-curves. The table stands on four straight marlborough legs - two fixed legs and two swinging (gate) legs, each of which can be pulled out to support one of the drop leaves. Each leg is moulded on three corners or edges with a single vertical bead running the full height and canted the full height of the fourth or inner edge.
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