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Published date 16 Jan 2014Category oak-furniture-history

What exactly is a Refectory Table?

Refectory table sketch

The term 'refectory table', 'oak refectory table', etc. is a modern description of a style of table that was previously referred to in early inventories as a 'long table' (see Nomenclature below). Whether it's the scholarly and historically correct description or our current more widely known classification,... Read more >>

 

Published date 04 Jan 2014Category oak-furniture-history

A Study of Period Dining Tables - Height and Width

Carved table 1560

TABLE HEIGHTToday, we see many early tables with the stretchers very close to or actually touching the floor. However, almost all original tables were constructed with the stretchers well clear of the floor. There are several theories for this. Keeping the users feet clear of vermin and draughts, for example... Read more >>

 

 

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