In this video MichaelÂ talks us through this beautiful FrenchÂ Antique Oak Extension Table.
French Antique Oak Extension Table
Transcript: Okay, so are we ready? Here we have a very useful and desirable French extension oak table, made around circa 1900. Now these tables are made in the Spanish style and where that comes through is particularly in the wrought iron framework underneath and also the lovely sweeping shape of the legs.
These tables are very popular in France because they're very solid and they have that wonderful ability to extend. Now the leaves are internal. Basically, all you do is grab a leaf, pull it out and just let it down gently into place, put it into place and you have a leaf extended. Now you do have with these tables the option of putting one leaf out or you can also pull the second leaf out. This does not affect the structural stability of the table and it works just as well with one or two leaves.
The wonderful and main selling point with these tables and what makes them very desirable to people is because the legs are nice and straight, it doesn't affect your chairs as you put them in. With a table like this, you can see you have the space, and I'll grab a chair just to show you, you can very easily, one, two, three, four, five, six people down each side. One person at either end. You have a 12, 14 seater table. Very versatile, very easy to use.
To de-extend, once again, same process, pull the leaf out slightly, slight lift of the table, hold it down, push it in and keep it nice and flat and the same at the other end and the leaves are happily stored away for you and ready for the next use and you can just enjoy the beauty of the table. This one having particularly nice carving on the edges, they do vary. Very nice grooving in the legs and overall a very good solid extension table.
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