Stunning Large and Classic Refectory Table

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Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Refectory tables saw their origin in Europe somewhere in the middle ages. Traditionally, they were used for dining in monasteries, where a larger number of people were seated. Refectory tables were also used as banqueting tables in castles and abbeys as well as nowadays in boarding schools, hotels and other such places which require a good seating capacity.

For contemporary homes, if you are looking for an antique table that is more formal looking than a farmhouse table, a refectory table is a great choice. Amongst the various options of antique refectory tables, you will find many stunning alternatives that are individual and handcrafted. These refectory tables are usually a modified version of a trestle tables with a low stretcher and solid, cylindrical legs. These alluring design classics look stunning in a contemporary décor where they will fit in well.

Latest in stock at Period Oak Antiques is this magnificent 8.4 metre (27ft 6") long, rare and stunning Rufford Abbey Oak Refectory Table from the 16th century. Made from English oak possibly sourced from the Sherwood forest, this table packs in all the beautiful and characteristic features of a classic Refectory table. Sitting on ten beautifully turned baluster legs all bound together by stretchers, this table has genuine provenance, last sold at Rufford Abbey in 1938, by Knight, Frank & Rutley in conjunction with Christie, Mason, etc.

Visit our website to have a look at this stunning piece of furniture.