Antique French Country Dining Table
When we sold our home several months ago, I sold our dining table and chairs.
Our old dining set was painted white and I loved them for a long time, but I was ready to go in a different direction.
I knew exactly what kind of table I wanted, and decided that once we got settled into our new home, I would start searching for an antique French Country draw leaf dining table.
This table had been on my “wish list” for a couple of years, and the move was the perfect opportunity to try and find one.
Daily visits to the online market place, and checking local estate sales and auctions became routine as I tried to be patient in finding exactly what I wanted.
Months went by without finding anything, but then several weeks ago, I was scrolling through Facebook and saw a post from an antique shop that imports furniture from France.
They had a new container from France arriving and they needed to make room in their showroom for the new arrivals. One of the pieces on sale was this gorgeous antique French oak parquetry dining table!
It was THE TABLE and it was exactly what I had been looking for!
The shop was about two hours away from where we live, so the next morning hubby and I took off and headed in their direction.
As soon as I saw the table in person, I knew it was the one.
This 1900’s French Louis XV style dining table features a beautiful parquetry design on the top, and two extendable leaves that are stored under the tabletop.
I’m normally not a very a patient person, so I’m really happy that I didn’t rush into finding something, and end up with a table that I didn’t really want.
This table is designed to be both beautiful and practical.
Benefiting from the draw leaf extending inserts on each end, it can be converted to accommodate a large group of people. When un-extended, it fits into a relatively smaller space.
It didn’t come with any chairs, so I’m temporarily using the two Louis XV gilt wood chairs on each end, and a couple of slipcovered parsons chairs on the side.
The dining room in our temporary home is very small, and without the leaves extended, it works much better in the tiny space.
However, I love the option of enlarging the table with the extended leaves when we find our permanent home.
This traditional French style dining table is made with space in mind. It has a lovely proportion and will seat 6 -10 people when it’s fully extended.
The carved oak wood has a wonderful time worn patina, and there are stunning carvings on each side of the table apron, as well as on the heavily carved cabriole legs.
This table brings such a sense of history to the room! It was exactly what I was looking for and finding it at a good price made the purchase even sweeter. I’m so glad that I waited to find the right piece.
Now, I’m on the hunt for a set of French dining chairs, so stay tuned!
Today is French Country Friday! Enjoy!