Made in Spain, circa 1900, this oak table with lyre legs has a unique wrought iron stretcher.
An unadorned oak tabletop (which is often seen in Spanish tables) is offset by open lyre legs hand carved with ornate volute scrolls. The legs are supported by a curving double wrought iron stretcher with baluster-shaped embellishments and a central medieval heater shield. Quatrefoil washers attach the scrolled ends of the iron to the lyre legs.
Spanish tables are unique in that most were designed to quickly disassemble for transportation purposes. Families were often uprooted by the religious conflicts that dominated Spain during the Middle Ages, which necessitated tables that could be moved quickly. For hundreds of years, the overall design of these Spanish tables never changed, usually seen with open lyre legs and continuing the tradition of the iron stretchers. Today, they remain sought after because of their inherently attractive design and versatility.
CONDITION: Good antique condition with some scuffs and rubs to legs as seen in photos. Some old scratches to top, and minor age splits in areas