Very rare George III Sheraton period inlaid mahogany “Harlequin” extension dining table.
As the emerging middle class became more prevalent, this type of table was made specifically for town houses (like Brownstone row houses) which were tall and narrow. There were a number of furniture companies that produced "Harlequin" funiture that would be stored in it's smaller (but usable) form to transform to the larger mode when needed.
This table was intended to be disguised (and used) as a small library table but able to expand to a much larger dining room table.
In the library form, one of the leaves that is attached to the base (that has two simulated drawers on each side) will rotate lengthwise to align with the base so it can be disguised as a library table (23 1/2” deep).
With the atached leaf rotated 90º (so it extends across the width of the base) the base will then slide lengthwise and three more (original) leaves will attach (with original brass clips) on the inside skirt to form a 100 inch dining table. (note the quality of the original leaves).
The rotating leaf also produces a lot of overhang down the length of the table so seating is easy with no legs (there's also lots of overhang on the ends).
The legs and support have wonderful inlay.
Provenance: M. Harris & Sons, London, October 12, 1962. (invoice)
“18th Century English Furniture” The Norman Adams Collection
(page 160) Virtually identical form of the library table
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