Beautiful and elegant oval empire extendable table in fine feathered mahogany; the massive legs, shaped like a column, are made of solid mahogany and finished with original gilded bronze decorations; the four chairs, also in solid wood, have a classic empire design, a very comfortable seat and are covered in soft green velvet; the table can be extended with the two extensions (not in mahogany) from cm.50 each up to the total size of cm.230If desired, another extension can be added (not supplied) for a further lengthening; to perfectly stabilize the extended table, there are two additional folding legs per side that come down when the lengthening operation is carried out (see photo); the working of the feathered mahogany with which the top and the underlying edges have been made is very particular, important and exciting making this table unique and different from others, for this reason we must dutifully dwell to explain the technique of execution: the ''lastronatura''. The exact term is the Italian ''lastronatura'' untranslatable in English, in fact the ''lastronatura'' is very different and older than wood veneer. Lastronatura is an artisan technique that spread during the sixteenth century and remained unchanged until the middle of the nineteenth century before the Industrial Revolution; it consisted in cutting by hand with saws the trunks of noble wood trees (walnut, mahogany, roots, feathers, etc..The finishing of this procedure was very complex: the layer of wood was treated with natural earth dissolved in water for the desired shade, it was antiqued with stone, it was fixed with shellac spread with a brush and finally the polishing was carried out in 12 steps with a cotton swab soaked in shellac, straw oil with pumice stone powder. The veneering should not be confused with veneer, which is a modern process, in fact the layer of wood is cut by machine and the thickness is below 1 mm., while that of the veneer, as already mentioned, is from 4 to 6 mm. This ancient technique, applied to our table, has allowed to exalt the colours, the flaming and the veins of the precious mahogany feather. Handcrafted in France between 1870 and 1880. 74 cm when extended.