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Gate-leg table. SM XF353. ©Sir John Soane's Museum, London. Photo: Hugh Kelly

Gate-leg table, English, unknown maker, c.1800

Oak or mahogany

Height: 70.5cm
Width (central section, top): 38.7cm
Width (leaf): 42cm

Museum number: XF353

Curatorial note

With a drawer at one end with a single turned wooden knob; the table originally had two leaves with rounded corners (one is now missing); it is of solid construction with the centre section on four straight square legs with stretchers; the two gate legs with double stretchers.

Although this table appears to be oak, on closer examination it seems possible that it is actually mahogany, but with a much degraded surface. The top of the centre section has lost its finish completely, presumably as the result of constant use in the Kitchen.

Amongst the furniture supplied by John Robins for the kitchen at Pitzhanger in 1803 and 1804 was ‘A 4 ft Wainscot two flap Kitchen table £2.2’.1 This table may well be this one (it would be a four-foot table if it had both its original leaves).

1 SM Archive XVI.A.4.1.

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