At over nine feet long, this sumptuous oak baluster leg table was hand-carved with an H-stretcher in Flanders, circa 1680. Long tables such as these were known as table de communauté and were designed to accommodate as many seats as possible. Religious institutions such as convents and monasteries often had elaborately carved tables spread throughout their dining hall.
Notice the highly carved apron, which is adorned with a repeating pattern of foliate scrolls on top of a textured background. Each corner of the apron has a rectangular block attached by round dowels with a turned baluster leg on block feet beneath the joinery. In comparison to the top, the legs are inset toward the center of the table, allowing for more leg room. The top is comprised of two long planks surrounded by three and a half inch wide surrounding beams.
The table has an exceptionally rich patina and the old block repairs on the top give added character. Today, a table of this length, style, age and beauty will certainly be a focal point in any interior.
CONDITION: Good antique condition with wear commensurate to age and use, including age separations, gouging and light nicks and scratches to top. Traces of old wood worm. Old fills and repairs visible on the top. The stretcher was professionally strengthened.