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Wimbledon-Furniture is delighted to offer for auction this exceptional early 18th century French Renaissance Walnut extending table in the style of Jacques Androuet du Cerceau and Hugues Sambin

Please note the delivery fee listed is just a guide, it covers within the M25 only, for an accurate quote please send me your postcode

There are around 50-100 high definition super-sized pictures at the bottom of this page

You can see a similar model here which recently sold for 114,750 euro https://www.aguttes.com/html/fiche.jsp?id=2843017

This table is heavily carved in solid walnut in the Renaissance manner. Inspired by Italy in its form and decoration, the originals came from the crucible of the Ecole de Fontainebleau, where architects and ornamentalists, such as Jacques Androuet du Cerceau and Hugues Sambin, were formed.

Once a ceremonial table and “piece of sculpture”, it marks “one of the peaks of the art of furniture in France” (J.Thirion).

High and powerful, this exceptional table consists of a frame of two large legs connected by a wide brace box. The top perfectly unfolds and extends to reveal two sliding leaves, French or Flemish invention.

The references are architectural, evoking the facades of castles or palaces. On the side feet forming gothic heads, two columns rise to meet four powerful winged chimeras, crowned with laurel and with lion claws and to the centre a Lions head and main. When looking through the arch below we can see another architectural looking head on the side of the middle pillars

This decorative base is dressed with plant shapes and fantastic figures, an extraordinary finesse of execution, form so many hieratic figures with generous forms that limit the angles. On the reverse side a simple semi-circular arch opens a trompe l’oeil perspective.

The choice of motifs, the harmonious arrangement and the elegance of the treatment call for comparison with other models from the same family, from the Fontainebleau school. The drawing of the central arcade confined with chimeras derives from models of Jacques Androuet du Cerceau, of which Hugues Sambin is largely inspired.

This remarkable table, it associates the Bellefontaine design of the furniture with the virtuosity and the delicacy of the Dijon master

In terms of the condition we have lightly restored the table to include full insect treatment, all timber has been hear waxed to fill gaps, hand condition waxed and hand polished, the table will naturally have patina marks all over from honest age and fair use, all of which adds to the look style and charm


Height:- 91.5cm

Width:- 148cm extending to 279cm

Depth:- 94.5cm

Please note all measurements are taken at the widest point, if you would like any additional or specific measurements please ask

Any questions please feel free to ask before you bid   



This item is available for collection from our Wimbledon warehouses SW19-3BE, we can have it delivered nationwide to include Scotland Wales and Ireland.

Please contact me via email or my contact information is under the business seller section of the listing with your postcode for a delivery quotation.

Please be sure to include which item you would like to buy as the price is determined on size and distance, if you would like more than one piece of furniture the courier offers a substantial discount on the second and third item, for international shipping please view the below information   



Wimbledon-Furniture is a privately owned family ran business out of Wimbledon SW19, we have four large storage warehouse’s, if you have any questions my number is under the business sellers information, please feel free to call or text  



We accept payment via card at the warehouse on the day of collection, PayPal or bacs prior to collection We would kindly ask that all items are paid for within 48 hours and collected within 7 working days, we can hold all paid items for 14 days free of charge, there after a £10 a week storage fee will apply for the first two weeks

Please ask before purchase should you wish us to hold something for longer than two weeks, if after three months your item isn’t collected you will forfeit your payment and the item will be placed for sale again  



Please view the very detailed pictures as they form part of the description around condition

Please also ask any questions before you bid and not after, all of our items are sold as seen and as listed

Please note vintage period and original items such as leather seating will always have natural patina in the form of cracking creasing and wear, we recommend regular waxing to ensure no moisture is lost, also hand dyed leather is not recommended to sit in direct sunlight for prolonged periods of time as it will dry out and fade   



Absolutely nothing is sent for free, every item has a specific price for delivery, please ask for a quote before you bid and not after

Your invoice will be sent with zero balance in the delivery section, this is because all delivery fees are paid directly to the courier company to keep your costs down, if we charge you through ebay we have to add ebay and paypal fees, vat and other taxes to make sure the courier company are paid the exact amount they charge

We can arrange delivery nationwide, mostly with Wimbledon couriers, for Europe we use two reasonably priced professional companies that we trust, for the rest of the world it is location specific

Whoever delivers will always require help on the larger items to unload, the price you will be quoted will always be based on this assumption, if this is not possible please let us know as it will affect the price to send a two man team

Delivery is to the ground floor only, again if you need help upstairs or in flats etc that’s absolutely not a problem, the couriers charge £10-£20 per flight per man per item, if you have a working elevator then naturally there’s no additional fee

All courier fees are paid by yourself directly to the courier company, the contract for delivery is between yourselves the client and whichever courier you chose from those available I’m happy to accommodate your own courier after a cleared payment has been received, they need to book in a collection time with at least 24 hour’s notice, all collections must be made within 14 working days of the close of the auction unless agreed by prior arrangement  



Delivery time can take two to three weeks depending on the courier’s routes for the above mentioned countries The price listed is just a guide, please contact us for a quote before buying, if you have your own courier or wish to book the collection in yourself we are happy to accommodate you

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