Monday, February 13, 2012

345 French Provincial Round Dining Table with Turned Pedestal Base

Our client had recently purchased these antique chestnut chairs and needed a round table to go with them.  The chairs are real antiques, from the late 1800's and very well made.  The table is brand new, and was built to "go with" the set of chairs.   The table was to be the same basic color but slightly darker and richer than the chairs. 
The table is built of solid alder and has a mildly distressed antique finish, and now lives in Florida.

Showing texture of top.  The table has a living finish, and so it looks like a beautiful antique -- waxy, and polished, yet not falsely glossy or plastic in any way.  This beautiful finish is expected to take heavy daily use and be exposed to hot tea, wine and all sorts of other staining liquids; however it will not show glass rings or stains.  

Showing the underside - look up and you can see the subtop and understructure underneath the top.  This structure allows for seasonal movement of the wood across the grain with changes in temperature and humidity. 
Close view of texture of the top, showing antique marks, distressing, fake "cracks" and so on. 

Close view of top.  More fake cracks. 

Here's one we did for a different client who wanted a modified oval for her banquette.  It is a small breakfast table in the middle of a busy eat-in kitchen and sits in front of a big picture window with a drop-dead amazing view.  Therefore, we expect the table to receive a lot of heavy use.  GOOD!  

Here it shows one in the shop of Europa Antiques, in Portland Oregon.  Europa is at 1523 NW 24th Avenue in Portland, Oregon 97210, and imports beautiful antiques from France.  They also show some of our pieces.  

Close view of the stem, showing distressing, color, texture, and square pegs.  

Close view of the foot. At the very tip of each "foot", where the base meets the floor,  there are four small hidden screw-in levelers, one under each of the four feet which contact the floor.  You cannot see them, but you can twist them in and out to compensate for un-level floors.  This will allow the table to be perfectly stable on any floor no matter how uneven.   

Close view of the top, showing texture.  This one also wears a living finish.  A horror story happened in the store; I went in  one day and decided to say "hi" to the table, and discovered that a metal can with a flower bouquet had been slowly leaking onto the top for who knows how long.  The top of the table was wet, in a ring, and the wood was actually bulging.  An ugly ring showed on the top.  We took the piece to the shop, dried it thoroughly and burnished out the ring with the back of a wooden spoon.  We touched up the color and applied another coat of our oils, followed by some wax, and the damage was un-discernable. 

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