oak and linseed oil paint
800 x 2440 x 835 mm
Place of origin
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Tudor Merchants House, Pembrokeshire
Table. High table or 'sleeping table'. An oak board and stretcher type permanent table with removable top. The oak is painted in dark red with green stretchers lined in yellow. Though the top could be removed if necessary, this type of table was rather more solid than the ordinary trestle table and would often be left in place permanently, for instance as a high table. Hence it was sometimes called a 'standing table' or 'table dormant' ('sleeping table' because it generally stayed in place). Its form is common in the late medieval early Tudor periods and such 'tables dormant' are sometimes recorded in documents as being painted. The paint is linseed based.
Makers and roles
Paul Northwood, furniture maker