In the run up to the Royal Wedding, Buckingham Palace has released photos of some of the rooms which will be used on the day – including the Grand Ballroom, whose imposing antique dining tables will be resplendent with Georgian silverware and antique china ware for the wedding feast.
Since 2009, it has been possible for visitors from Lancashire and throughout the UK to see these antique dining tables laid as they would be for a State Banquet, but what about when they want to hold a “state occasion” of their own? Is it possible to find suitably grandiose Victorian dining chairs and dining tables which will fit into the average home? Thankfully, the answer is yes. The trick is to concentrate on extendable, rather than solid forms.
The Buckingham Palace ballroom is exactly the right setting for the magnificent pedestal dining tables which are used on state occasions. Yet these solid pieces of furniture would swamp the average dining room, so in Lancashire look for antique dining tables in the Georgian style, but with winding handles and/or removable leafs. These became popular from the Regency period, and are widely available. While a Gillow’s extendable dining table will cost tens of thousands of pounds, it is possible to find fine mahogany Georgian and Chippendale Revival examples by lesser known makers for far less.
Antique dealers in Preston also sell antique dining tables designed to be broken down into three units. The D-ends can be used as small console tables in their own right – a highly versatile item of furniture!
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