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19th c. Table with Leaf
This 19th-century dining table would have been used in elite settings, likely for large gatherings and dinner parties. Already a sprawling 84 inches in length, the table expands by two underlying leaflets to 156 inches. Two cranks hidden below the lip of the tabletop lock the leaflets in place or mobilize them to be pulled out. The heaviness of the table reinforces the idea of excess and bounty that would have been displayed on here. Ornate repetitive woodwork complements the weight of the piece yet while accentuating the wealth necessary to acquire it. The details are relegated to the legs and banner, leaving the top smooth with a thin border echoing the shape of the table. Footrests joining the legs provide stability and comfort to aid the experience of dining in grandeur.