An ‘imperial’ action mahogany extending dining table attributed to Gillows, the ‘D’ ends with five leaves extending it to almost 11 feet long, all supported on 8 fine, tapering, reeded legs. English, c1810.
Footnote: Susan E Stuart in ‘Gillows of Lancaster and London, 1730-1840,’ Antique Collectors’ Club, Woodbridge, 2008 Vol.I pp 243-246, 240-242 dedicates a whole section to imperial action tables. The first one was designed in 1804 and illustrated in the Lancaster Estimate Sketch Book. The one in plate 241(ibid) has very similar tapering legs, deep veneered frieze and reeded edge and was made for Stephen Tempest of Broughton Hall in 1813.