Art Deco Walnut Radica French Extending Dining Table
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Exceptional and magnificent extending table; the sumptuous and sturdy walnut base, with its particular and elegant shape, supports a large and massive top also made of walnut, forming an impressive and majestic whole! The table is extendable but did not have its two original extensions, so we proceeded to have them made by our team of restorers and craftsmen, are made of wood and fit perfectly to the table (see photo), the important feature is that the extended table reaches a size out of the ordinary: 240 cm! The most compelling part of this object is the wonderful and fascinating top made of walnut briar with a unique and special processing: the "lastronatura". " (Warning. The exact term is Italian "lastronatura" untranslatable into English (maybe "slab"), in fact "lastronatura" is very different and older than wood veneer. (Read explanation below). “Lastronatura” is a craft technique that spread throughout Europe as early as the sixteenth century and remained unchanged until the mid-nineteenth century before the Industrial Revolution, then resumed in the early twentieth century for luxury furniture, especially in France and Italy; it consisted of hand-cutting the trunks of noble wood (walnut, mahogany, briar, walnut-burr, etc.) with ancient saws in so many layers with thicknesses ranging from 4 to 6 millimeters, which were then applied to furniture for decorative purposes; the finishing of this procedure was very complex: the wood layer was treated with natural earth dissolved in water for the desired shade, it was aged with stone, fixed with a shellac applied with a brush and finally polishing was performed in 12 steps with a cotton pad soaked in shellac, straw oil with pumice stone powder. “Lastronatura” should not be confused with veneering which is a very modern process, in fact, the layer of wood is cut by machine and the thickness is below 1 mm., while that of the “lastronatura”, as already mentioned, is from 4 to 6 mm. This technique has allowed us to exalt the chromaticism and the flaming of the walnut root, giving our table a unique and exclusive elegance and refinement. It was produced between 1930 and 1935 in Lyon (France); we bought it from an old antique dealer in the "Old City"( in the center of Lyon) who assured us that the table was made by a craftsman's workshop in Lyon that worked exclusively with the rich and noble families of the area; The laboratory was destroyed on May 26, 1944, by an Allied bombing raid that wanted to hit the center of Lyon because in Avenue Berthelot there was an important Gestapo headquarters. Measures length 160 cm, depth 105 cm, height 76 cm, with extensions of cm.40 each, total length extended cm.240.
Place of origin:
76H x 160W x 105D
29,92H x 62,99W x 41,34D
Creator / Artist:
Walnut, Burl wood
Good; Refinished. Wear consistent with age and use. The table has been completely restored. The team of our restorers also rebuilt the two extensions.
International - YES
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