This is a superb large Victorian oval burr walnutLoo table, circa 1860 in date, with a set of four vintage balloon back chairs.
The beautifully figured quarter veneered oval tilt top table features superb marquetry inlaid decoration, a wonderful moulded edge and a shaped frieze. It is raised on a bold turned column on quadruple cabriole legs with carved floral decorations and recessed porcelain and brass castors.
The vintage set of four balloon back dining chairs date from second half of the 20th Century.
These chairs have been masterfully handcrafted in beautiful solidmahoganythroughout and the finish and attention to detail on display are truly breathtaking.
The chairs feature an attractive balloon back design and seats that have been upholstered in the finest golden damask fabric.
There is no mistaking the unique quality and elaborate design, which is certain to make it a talking point in your home and a fine embellishment to your reception room.
In excellent condition the table having been beautifully cleaned, polished waxed and the chairs reupholstered in our workshops, please see photos for confirmation.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 75 x Width 137 x Depth 101-Table
Height 89 x Width 54 x Depth 51-Chairs
Dimensions in inches:
Height 2 foot, 5 inches x Width 4 foot, 6 inches x Depth 3 foot, 4 inches-Table
Height 2 foot, 11 inches x Width 1 foot, 9 inches x Depth 1 foot, 8 inches-Chairs
Our reference: A2525a
is atablemodel from the18thand19thcenturies, originally designed for the card gameloo, which was also known as lanterloo.
The typicallootable has an oval or round top, and a hinged mechanism fitted to a pedestal base, enabling the table to be easily stored when not in use.Sometimes, antique dealers call any table with a folding mechanism for a "lootable", even if the table top is square or rectangular.
Aloo-tablestands in the hall at Midnight Place in the children's fiction book Midnight is a Place byJoan Aiken.
Gameloo,formerlylanterloo-gamblingcard game often mentioned in English literature. The name derives from the Frenchlanturlu, the refrain of a popular17th-centurysong. Popularity of thegamefaded in the20thcentury.
The players may number from five to about nine, each playing for himself. A standard 52-carddeckis used. In the simplest form of the game, three cards are dealt to each player, and the next card is exposed to establish atrumpsuit. The player to the left of the dealer leads, and one-third of thepoolgoesto the winner of eachtrick. The pool is formed by antes before each deal and may be increased by payments forloo(failure to win a trick) and fines for irregularities.
Walnut & Burr Walnut
Walnut is a hard, dense, tight- grained wood that polishes to a very smooth finish. It is a popular and attractive wood whose colour ranges from near white in the sapwood to a dark hew in the heartwood. When dried in a kiln, walnut wood tends to develop a dull brown colour, but when air-dried can become a rich purplish-brown. Because of its colour, hardness and grain, it is a prized furniture and carving wood. Walnut veneer was highly priced and the cost would reflect the ‘fanciness' of the veneer – the more decorative, then the more expensive and desirable.
Burr walnut refers to the swirling figure present in nearly all walnut when cut and polished, and especially in the wood taken from the base of the tree where it joins the roots. However the true burr is a rare growth on the tree where hundreds of tiny branches have started to grow. Burr walnut produces some of the most complex and beautiful figuring you can find.
Walnut "burrs" were often used to make fabulous furniture. Veneer sliced from walnut burl is one of the most valuable and highly prized by cabinet makers and prestige car manufacturers and is also a favourite material for shotgun stocks.
Inlay was commonly used in the production of decorative burr walnut furniture, where pieces of coloured veneers are inlaid into the surface of the walnut, adding delicate or intricate patterns and designs. Inlays normally use various exotic veneers, but other materials such as mother-of-pearl, brass or bone were also be used.
Antiques.co.uk Ref: CEWP8PR5N
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