Refractory French Provincial Leaf Tables

Some of the most rare french provincial tables are the refractory French Provincial leaf tables.

They are quite uncommon and innovative in their design, but hardly new.

Some of the earliest examples of refractory tables date back to 1600.  Refractory tables have leaves hidden under the table and when pulled out, rise to the existing table top.  In some designs, both leaves meet in the center of the table and can be flipped over which serve as the leaves.

Refractory leaf tables are often seen as an extra thick table top, in comparison to the tables with removable leaves which involve physically pulling the apart the table from each end.

These tables have additional leaves apart from the table and require manually inserting the table leaves into the middle section to extend the table.

Over the years of reselling vintage french provincial tables, I rarely came across a french table which still had the original leaves.  Most people over the years have forgotten to donate the leaves, or somehow the leaves were misplaced as they moved from one house to the next.  One advantage of a refractory french table is the physical table has the leaves already in place. This beautiful design is rare in a french style, and simply one of the most stunning designs that are available.

Designer Windsor Smith’s French Refractory Leaf Table
Designer Windsor Smith’s French Refractory Leaf Table

French Dining Table Rare Small Refractory Early 1900’s Ebay Seller Bureau Art Gallery
French Refractory Leaf Table


One comment on “Refractory French Provincial Leaf Tables”

  1. Stumbled asrocs this blog — really really enjoy the posts, this one in particular. I grew-up in a place like that (in rural Minnesota) and as teenagers we were always hanging out in old abandoned farm houses, junked cars, train depots, trailor homes, ice fishing shacks — at the time this was all we knew, and the only place we could go to drink beer we’d stolen from our parents. I think they didn’t really become sad places for me until I left them behind. This post was a very bittersweet reminder.

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