A RARE IRISH GEORGIAN MAHOGANY HUNT OR WAKE TABLE c. 1750
Mahogany, brass, steel, elm
202cm long x 170cm wide (extended), x 72cm high
Of rounded rectangular form, with moulded edge, the two drop sides forming a large oval when extended on two pairs of hinged bracketed legs, with eight square chamfered legs, the whole made from beautifully patinated Cuban mahogany.
The placing of legs well under the top allows no one to contend with a leg, and typically
seating 8 – 12 persons around the circumference.
The Knight of Glin, the late Desmond Fitzgerald in his seminal Irish Furniture writes;
“The name ‘wake table’ originated because when the flaps are down the narrow part left is ideally suited to put a coffin on during a wake. They are also known as hunt tables as they were easily stored, with the flaps
down, at the side of a room and then carried outside during hunt meet to put the drink and refreshments on”.
Fitzgerald, D., & Peil, J., Irish Furniture Woodworking & Carving in Ireland from the
Earliest Times To the Act of Union.
Yale University Press. 2007.
Page 242, plate 161
Price inc GST $18,000