A general term used to describe a substantial, solid and practical kitchen table, often with one or more drawers. There are many variants in oak, elm, pine and fruitwoods. Rarely if ever polished or varnished, the top was kept scrubbed spotlessly clean. Generally rectangular in shape, the farmhouse table may have X-shaped, turned, square or tapering legs, sometimes in a different timber to the top gum, cedar and blackwood were used in Australia. The more desirable and early examples have a stretcher base. Together with the kitchen dresser, and matching chairs they will contribute to a most useful and comforting country kitchen.
An Australian 19th century shearers table, kauri pine top with Baltic pine legs. This is the original farmhouse shearers table from the Deepwarter Station near the Riverina town of Narrandera in NSW. 78 cm high, 245 cm wide, 90 cm deep
Antique French 17th-18th century trestle farmhouse table with a think slab oak top over a framed two sliding cupboard section standing on chamfered legs joined by a stretcher, approx 276 cm long, 66 cm deep, 78 cm high
Old French solid cherry wood provincial farm house table, fitted with a single long drawer at one and a pull out bread board at the other, standing square tapering legs, approx 77 cm high, 200 cm long, 78 cm wide
Antique French walnut farm house table, fitted with a thick slab top flanked by a pair of sliding front compartments, standing square legs joined by a centre stretcher, approx 80 cm high, 260 cm wide, 75 cm deep
A 19th century French country chestnut farmhouse side table, the thick plank top with clenched ends, single deep frieze drawer, raised on square section tapered legs, pegged construction. 227 cm x 65.5 cm x 75 cm
A Continental Oregon pine refectory style, farmhouse table 18th century and later. The table is pegged construction with a stretcher base, single central drawer with turned knob handles. Height 74 cm. Length 228 cm. Width
A good mid-19th century French elm farmhouse table, the plank top with pull-out extension to one end, single short drawers, pegged detail and internal taper to the square section legs, good colour and patina. 199.5 cm (unextended) x 93 cm x 75 cm
A small restored French elm farm table, 18th century and later, with a planked top above an apron with two end drawers with oval brass ring handles, chamfered square pegged legs United by an 'H' form stretcher base. Height 75 cm. Length 150 cm. Width 74 cm
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