Antique and vintage oak refectory tables
Antique and vintage oak refectory tables are collectible items of furniture, originally used in a refectory, or monastic dining room, during the middle ages.
Traditionally they were based on a trestle-table design, with the legs supported by low slung pieces of wood, or stretchers.
According to the 1930 Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act’s definition of “antique”, antique refectory tables were made more than 100 years ago.
Vintage pieces were produced within the past 100 years and can include items made in the 1980s.
Oak is one of the most popular forms of wood among collectors, as it is known for its beauty, strength and ability to withstand fungal and insect attacks.
Notable sales of antique and vintage refectory tables
A late 16th century British oak refectory table sold for £21,600 at Sotheby’s in September 2005, against a £15,000 high-end estimate.
A 16th or 17th century large French oak refectory table sold for £478,400 at Sotheby’s in October 2006.