PETER WAALS An important twelve foot long bespoke Australian (Queensland) walnut Cotswold table, easily sitting fourteen, with moulded edge to the three plank table top, frieze of eight flush drawers with reeded fronts and two rectangular medallions, six chamfered and chip carved legs, the middle two inset, joined by chamfered hayrake stretchers with carved tenons and exposed dowel construction, after a design by Ernest Gimson (Gimson and the Barnsleys invented the hayrake stretcher for tables at the turn of the century), adapted and made by Peter Waals for a special commission, circa 1930, 67cm (30in) high, 105.5cm (41.5in) wide, 366cm (144in) long. Peter van der Waals (1870 - 1937) was the foreman and chief cabinet maker in Ernest Gimson's workshop at Daneway, Cirencester, setting up his own workshop at Chalford, near Stroud, in 1920. Provenance : This table was made at Chalford for Randall & Payne, Stroud, Waals' accountants. Australian (Quensland) walnut (Endiandra palmerstonii) is not walnut at all. A rainforest tree from North Queensland, it can reach a height of 35m and a diameter of 1.8m, now protected and no longer cropped for timber.
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