A very rare mid 17th Century three plank, six legged oak refectory table of outstanding colour, patina and originality. The top, four centimeters thick, made from three long planks pegged together and with cleated ends. The base frame of joined construction with finely carved frieze depicting scrolled serpents and scrolled floral decoration sitting on six ring turned supports connected by base stretchers. 

Originally this table would have stood on a wooden "Dais" ( a raised wooden platform ) when in use by the master and lady of the house, together with their guests, whilst other diners would be seated lower on floor standing furniture. This fact accounts for the good condition of the feet which have not been subjected to the effects of dampness often affecting the feet of furniture of this age and means that the base stretchers are slightly elevated off the ground, as they should be. The top of the table demonstrates a different colour and patina around the edges, a result of centuries of diners rubbing up against the edge of the table. When not in use the table would have been pushed to the side of the room and used as a serving table, therefore the elaborate carved frieze is only featured on one side.

The antiquity of this fine table has been verified by Bonhams of Bond street and is available for inspection on request. 12,000

Dimensions: W 250 cm X D 76.5 cm X H 79 cm