A RARE AND SUBSTANTIAL LATE 15TH/ EARLY 16TH CENTURY ENGLISH OAK TRESTLE TABLE. CIRCA 1500.
A very early surviving example of an English trestle table and one of the very few showing medieval features - notable in the gothic, stepped profile shaped on the ends of the upper supports. Base exhibits the 'flying' brace design typical of medieval tables, as compared to later, single pillar design Construction base, with the nailed upper, angled braces, strongly resembles medieval roof carpentry. Deep lower supports terminate in feet shaped in an ogee stop, with traces of further scribed decoration. Top comprises two massive boards, derived from the same baulk of timber and remarkably clear of knots or other imperfections. Underside shows evidence of having been roughly hewn with an adze.
PROVENANCE- FROM A COTSWOLD PRIVATE COLLECTION.
STOCK NO 1849.