This table from northern Italy, Renaissance furniture with its shutters and pure shapes, was made in the second half of the 16th century. The rectangular tray folds out into a large oval with canted jambs cut. The chestnut wood tray, finely moulded, is mounted on four legs in the form of a double baluster turned and ringed, derived from Italian models. A plainly moulded frame spacer connects the square masses of the damped feet in flattened balls. A single drawer is fitted into a large girdle and opens with a moulded knob on one side of the table, typical of Lombard furniture. This piece of furniture results from a refined work, visible in the care given to the turned supports and mechanism of the tray. The shutters, fixed to the tray by metal hinges, are held open by a cut wooden console that rotates 90 degrees. With the shutters folded down, the table looks like a large pedestal table. Open they give it a function of dining table. The pure lines balance out the large proportions, keeping the spirit of the first fixed tables inherited from Renaissance furniture. Small folded width: 78 cm.
Really good condition and beautiful patina