Irish Mahogany Wake Table

  • This Irish mahogany wake table is exceptional in both design and tradition
  • The extra-long table was specially designed to support a coffin, and also features folding sides
  • Celtic belief dictates that a body must be constantly watched to prevent its removal by evil spirits
  • An authentic Irish wake table such as this is remarkable rare outside of Ireland
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Item No. 31-1359

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Both outstanding design and rich tradition set apart this intriguing Irish mahogany table. Often referred to as a “wake” table, this extra-long oval table would have once been used year-round as a dining table. Yet, it also served as the focal furnishing of a wake when a death occurred. Skillfully constructed with folding side panels, it could be used to display the coffin of the deceased before burial. Irish Celtic tradition mandated that the body of the recently departed be watched constantly to prevent its removal by evil spirits. This beautiful table would have been specially commissioned by an affluent Irish family as an important part of the final rites - as well as the final celebration of the lives of their loved ones.

Regardless of their original usage, these amazing tables are highly prized and sought after today as dining tables. Their oval shape makes them perfect for social occasions since everyone seated at the table is within view. Wake tables, especially of this phenomenal size and quality, are rarely found outside of Ireland.

Circa 1770

67 3/4" wide x 47 1/2" deep x 29 3/4" high
Irish Mahogany Wake Table
Period: 18th Century
Origin: Ireland
Type: Dining Tables
Depth: 47.5 Inches
Width: 67.75 Inches
Height: 29.75 Inches
Style: Georgian

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