Posting ID : B1008635284
Date Posted : 2012-05-08
Group : Antiques By Owner
Banta Furniture Company, Goshen, Indiana: Quartersawn Oak Dining Table & Chairs
This table has been my dining table for about the past fifteen years. It is a 60" center pedestal table. Quartersawn oak, simple, elegant dome-shaped base with quartersawn veneer on the dome and the skirt of the base, big hairy paw feet with wings connecting them back to the apron or skirt of the base. Very tasteful acanthus carving above the domed base. There is a darkened, barely legible paper label still attached to the bottom of the table that reads: "Banta Furniture Company, Goshen, Indiana." I have only seen this model table one or two other times in all the years I have collected antiques. Five 11 3/4" skirted leaves bring the table out to 118 3/4" when fully extended. Obviously, as the table is extended the base splits and a simple center pedestal remains to support the center of the table. The table and chairs had just been refinished when I bought them in the mid 1990s. The finish is a rich darker oak finish, and remains in excellent, near perfect condition. The chairs are simple Queen Anne (T-back) chairs. They have elegant cabriole legs in the front, with petite paw feet. The seats are upholstered in a dark, rich green $400/yard wool mohair. There are six chairs: four sidechairs and two armchairs.
The only photos I have of the table are attached. The last photo (apologies for the poor quality) shows the chairs and some detail of the base that didn't show well in the earlier photos. Note the tasteful acanthus carving above the domed portion of the base, the paw feet and the wings connecting them to the skirt of the base. Also, note the Queen Anne chairs are nicer, more stylish than your ordinary garden variety T-backs. Note the stylish cabriole legs and dainty front paw feet. The arched crested rail of the backs of the chairs have a nice curve, and the splats have a nice wide vasiform shape. The ends of the armchair arms turn outward slightly and have a stylish "Karpen-like" scroll on the ends. Just very nice differentiating stylistic details--wich is why I bought the table and chairs to begin with.
I have had many full-bodied winged gryphon Horner dining tables over the years, and could have used any of them at home, but this is the table I chose to put in my dining room. Simple, understated, elegant. Great quality 1890s craftmanship. And, if history is any guide, you will likely never see another one like this one. You won't find a better antique dining table for the money. More photos soon!!!
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