This attractive and versatile lyre leg table with hand wrought iron supports is typical of tables produced in the Catalonia region of Spain for hundreds of years.
Catalonia is a self-governing community in the Northeast part of Spain and is near the French border. The region is well known for its unique culture, with a rich history of traditions including the arts, and cuisine. As far as furniture goes, one of their most easily recognizable pieces, is the long table with open lyre legs and iron supports. In use for the past 400-500 years, these tables, were usually single planked and designed to be easily disassembled for transportation purposes. During the Middle Ages, which was an unsettled time for many families, the necessity to pick up and travel to another residence was important, thus the popularity of this kind of table.
The table seen here has a large plank top inset within a perimeter, which is attached to the supports by turned bolts. The elegantly carved trestle legs that were joined by mortise and pegged tenon connections, terminate in scrolled feet. The hand turned iron supports form an “X” shape, which is also typical of Catalan tables.
Today, this great looking table can be used in a variety of ways, including as a writing table, and it’s simple yet rich look allow it to placed in homes of nearly any style.
CONDITION: Very good condition. Top recently re-finished. Minor nicks and distress. Fresh coat of wax.