Also known as banquet table or sectional table. A dining table made in such a way that it can be extended or increased in size by the insertion of one or more leaves in the centre section of the table. Georgian dining tables were sometimes made in separate sections, with the two ends (known as `D' ends from their shape) able to be used as free-standing side tables.
When in use as a dining table, the individual leaves were held in place with brass clips, sometimes supported from beneath by extra legs. D-end tables were generally supported by four tapered or turned legs. Some versions were extended by the use of a drop-side table between the two end sections. The pedestal dining table of the period usually had four splay feet with brass claw or bucket castors. Three feet were not usual until the Victorian period. The legs themselves were slender and tapering in a 'gun-barrel' shape, although turned legs became heavier and more ponderous as the century progressed.
There were two major innovations to the extension table during the 19th century. more...In the first version, the rectangular table top rested on a series of compound slides or runners which could be pulled out by hand, allowing the insertion of additional leaves. The leaves were held in place either by small wedge-shaped pieces or, rather later, dowels. Additional legs often supported the weight of the leaves when the table was fully extended. To prevent the table opening while in use, brass clips joined the leaves, or the leaves to the ends.
The second innovation was the introduction of the screw mechanism to extension tables. Rather than being pulled out manually, the slides were wound out by a crank handle. Very occasionally, extension tables were made with rests beneath the table top to store the leaves when not in use. Some tables were made with a separate leaf cabinets. The screw mechanism is common on most late Victorian and Edwardian tables, some of which could accommodate twenty diners or more when fully extended.
A fine Victorian mahogany four leaf extension table, mid 19th century, the top with thumb nail and bullnose edging above an apron and supported on turned and lobed baluster legs, with toupie feet and porcelain casters; with four leaves and brass connectors
A fine Victorian mahogany extension table and eight chairs, 19th century, with two leaves; chairs later, the oval table with thumbnail and bullnose edging above two substantial turned pedestals each with a pair of curvaceous splayed and scroll carved legs
Louis Majorelle (1859-1926) outstanding nine piece French palisander dining room suite. Stamped: Louis Majorelle. Comprising of a three leaf extension table, six matching dining chairs, a three door raised back sideboard, and a small dessert. 126 cm high,
Antique English Sheraton period mahogany D-end extension dining table, cross banded with satin and fruitwood, on twelve square tapering legs ending in spade feet. Approx 74 cm high, 280 cm wide (with the leaves in) x 112 cm deep
A Superior inlaid mahogany dining room suite, comprising two leaf extension table, eight rattan back chairs and a four door four drawer sideboard, 260 x 107 x 75 cm (table, Extended) / 215 x 50 x 93 cm (sideboard)
A Georgian style fold over mahogany table. The table top with cross banding and stringing, simple moulded panels to the skirt and raised on four tapering square legs to spade feet, the rear leg extending to support the flap. Height 78 cm. Width 75.5 cm. De
An Art Nouveau oak dining suite, attributed to Maison Krieger, Paris, c.1900., comprising of dining table with eight side chairs, the table with four narrow leaves extending from a six seater and up to ten, the carving on the tables lower legs 'Leaves and
A mahogany dining extension table in the Regency manner. Mid 20th century, with a single leaf, the oval table with cross banded edges above two knopped and gadroon embellished pedestals to tripod bases with paw feet and brass casters. Height 74 cm. Length
A Victorian mahogany turned leg extension dining table, c.1840-1850, with mechanical winding mechanism that extends from 6 to 12 seater, with three leaves. Height 74 cm, top: 210 x 129 cm, Extended: 210 x 315 cm
A Victorian cedar extension dining table. Second half 19th century, with two extension leaves and winder, the square table with rounded ends above a deep skirt with a reeded trim and supported on four waisted baluster reeded legs with foliate carved caps,
A fine Victorian mahogany extension table, mid 19th century, with four leaves, two large and two small, the round table having a shaped edge and a shallow apron above elegant tapering reeded legs with toupie feet and brass casters; with wind out extension
A mahogany extension table by Geka (Grange), with a lightly distressed finish, the oval framed and panelled top with thumb nail edging above a skirt and tapering square form legs, with diamond panelled capitals and brass capped feet; with stamp for Geka un
A mahogany demi-lune extension table, with Empire styling, having a plain top above a simple skirt with a gilt trim, the waisted and tapering legs having a fluted design and brass feet and casters. Height 74 cm diameter 110 cm
Antique French oak extension table, consisting of a pedestal table whose ends draw out to accommodate three extension leaves, two pair of hinged support legs can be lowered at each end, 237 cm long (including three leaves 125 cm), 128 cm wide, 71 cm high
Regency style twin pedestal extension table, with cross banded top on turned reeded columns, each with 4 splayed legs with brass feet, 249 cm long (with two extension leaves), 172 cm long (with none), 112 cm wide, 75 cm high
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