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    Sale 12247

    The English Collector: English Furniture, Clocks and Portrait Miniatures

    17 November 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 12

    AN IRISH GEORGE III MAHOGANY WAKE TABLE

    THIRD QUARTER 18TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

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    AN IRISH GEORGE III MAHOGANY WAKE TABLE
    THIRD QUARTER 18TH CENTURY
    The oval twin-flap top on eight square moulded legs
    29 ½ in. 75 cm.) high; 59 in. (150 cm.) wide, open; 83 ½ in. (212 cm.) long


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    These Irish oval-topped drop-leaf tables are traditionally known as 'wake' tables. Their narrow shape when the flaps are down, allows them to be conveniently placed against a wall, out of the way, often in a hall or dining-room, but by tradition they were employed to support a coffin prior to burial, their narrow shape being ideally suited for such purpose. Their mobile nature and usefulness has resulted in many examples remaining in situ in houses throughout Ireland such as in the dining-rooms of Leixlip Castle, Co. Kildare, Bellamont Forest, Co. Cavan, Mount Stewart, Co. Down and in the hall at Luggala, Co. Wicklow (see J. O'Brien and D. Guinness, Great Irish Houses and Gardens, London, 1992, pps. 23, 68, 157 and 192).

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