The Gateleg table is defined by a mechanism, that of the pivoting legs and by a shape, that of the oval top. Inventory descriptions and the few existing models are there to testify. Most of these tables are English. British influence radiates across the continent, touching the western regions that have developed historical, economic and commercial ties with the archipelago. In this model of great refinement the proportions seek the balance of the masses. The fixed part of the base consists of four legs mounted on half-balls. They support a narrow rectangular tray, on either side of which fall two large semi-circular shutters.
The storage space is in the table girdle, where two drawers open with a metal pendant attached to a four-petalled rose window. The size of the table requires two swivel sets, one for each flap. Each one has a foot with a crosspiece which comes on an assembly stop that supports a baluster. In the closed position, the movable foot fitted with a notch is inserted into the spacer on the long side. In the open position, the table has six legs and eight slender balusters, all of which are similar. Only decorative elements, they result from the turning of the supports, and play pleasantly with the rhythm of the full and empty spaces that lighten the structure. In both positions, the system creates this harmonious piece of furniture with well balanced volumes. Most gateleg tables furnish bourgeois interiors. Available in different sizes, these can be used for special conversations as well as meals with different guests. Small folded width: 44 cm.
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