A form of extension table, introduced during Elizabethan times and revived in the early 20th century. The leaf at each end of the rectangular table is attached to lopers or bearers. To extend the table, the leaves slide from underneath the central top section, which drops down to provide a flat, uniform surface. The French version of the draw leaf table, manufactured between 1930 and 1950, is very popular, due to the good value if offers the purchaser. These tables often have a parquetry inlaid top.
A late 17th century Flemish oak draw-leaf refectory table, the rectangular pull out top on baluster turned supports headed with carved ionic capitals United by stretchers on bun feet. Width 208 cm x. Depth 79 cm x. Height 74 cm
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