Drop Leaf Table, 18th century
This is a Drop Leaf Table.
Drop leaf tables helped ensure efficiency of space in modest Swedish homes; leaves were lowered when not in use, and raised as needed during meal times and work. The hand-wrought iron hinges, seen on the leaves and gate legs, were often forged by a neighboring blacksmith. Variations on this simple but elegant form are seen over the course of several centuries throughout Sweden, and appeared in almost all Swedish homes, farmhouses, manor houses, and castles.
It is credited
Loan courtesy of DIENST + DOTTER ANTIKVITETER.
Its dimensions are
H x W x D (open): 73 × 201.3 × 84.5 cm (28 3/4 in. × 6 ft. 7 1/4 in. × 33 1/4 in.) H x W x D (closed): 73 × 108 × 84.5 cm (28 3/4 × 42 1/2 × 33 1/4 in.)
This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Ellen DeGeneres Selects.