TableCross of Lorraine, France, Ile de France, c. 1560 – 1580

Cross of Lorraine

Cross of Lorraine

France, Ile de France, c. 1560 – 1580


81 cm; 2 ft. 8 in.
165 cm; 5 ft. 5 in.
75 cm; 2 ft. 5½ in.


Private collection, Belgium

Related literature

J. Boccador, Le Mobilier Français du Moyen Age a la Renaissance (Éditions d’Art Monelle Hayot, Château de Saint-Rémy-en-l'Eau, 1988), pp. 276-278, pls. 215-216

The base of this superb French Renaissance table forms the Cross of Lorraine, originally a heraldic two-barred cross consisting of a vertical line crossed by two smaller horizontal bars. In the ancient version of the cross utilised in our table, both horizontal bars are of the same length as distinct, for example, to the patriarchal cross with its bars near the top and of uneven length. With extending leaves, this refined furniture incorporates the simple architectural elegance of ancient, slightly rhomboid, smooth banded columns. Each horizontal bar is supported on ball feet and has two columns, the two end columns joined by small arches, the capitals decorated with delicate floral motifs. A ninth column stands in the centre of the vertical bar providing additional stability and distinguishes the table from the more common seven feet version of this classic French design. On the underside of each corner of the table and beneath the ends of the two extending leaves hang delicate finials.

In exceptional original condition, the walnut with a rich honey patina, this beautifully proportioned table showcases the high quality workmanship of French carpentry of the period.