11428 A LARGE AND ELEGANT GEORGE III DINING TABLE OF WELL FIGURED MAHOGANY WITH SATINWOOD CROSS BANDING AND GUN BARREL BASE, RETAINING SIX OLD BUT LATER PERIMETER LEAVES English. Circa 1795. Measurements: Diameter with leaves: 90 1/2″ (230 cm) Diameter without leaves: 71 3/8″ (181 cm) Height: 29 3/8″ (74.5 cm).
Of well figured mahogany (ocean wood), West and East Indian satinwood. The circular top with central reserve of highly figured mahogany is surrounded by a wide crossband of West Indian satinwood, the edge is crossbanded within boxwood line inlaid edging. The base with gun barrel stem from which issues four mahogany and satinwood inlaid legs, all raised on original brass toes and casters. The table can be extended concentrically by means of six additional old but later crossbanded satinwood leaves. Minor repairs.
Southern U.S. Private Collection
This very large dining table is beautifully detailed with a very fine cut of figured mahogany for its central reserve known as “ocean wood.” The name is “supposed to have been given from a fancied resemblance the grain presents to the undulation of the sea”1. Alternatively, a famous specimen of Honduran mahogany was imported on a ship called Ocean, which was recorded in 1837: “There are also the Plum and the Peacock mottle; this last resembles the tail of the bird. A log strongly marked with this figure, ex Ocean, from Honduras, sold for nearly £1,000.”2
1. Bowett, Adam. Woods in British Furniture-Making, 1400-1900: An Illustrated Historical Dictionary. Wetherby: Oblong Creative, 2012. 173.
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