A beautifully designed & crafted teak extending dining table by Tom Robertson for A.H. McIntosh in the 1960s. This model is extremely popular due to the fact that it can be extended to seat 6 to 8 people. It features an extension leaf, making it a very versatile dining table. The two haves of the table top glide apart to reveal the hinged extension leaf which swings out easily from underneath the table. There are some nice design cues to look out for on this piece. The little ‘hand-holds’ on the tables ends are nicely shaped. The attractive rebate underneath the edges of the table top is both stylish and ties in visually with a similar feature on the legs of the table.
Scottish furniture manufacturer McIntosh is best known on the vintage market for their mid-century style furniture, particularly for teak cabinetry and sideboards. Founded in 1869 by Alexander Henry (A.H) McIntosh (1835-1919) in Kirkcaldy, Fife. The business quickly grew in size, requiring new, larger premises just a decade later. In 1879, McIntosh bought a new factory and opened Victoria Cabinet Works a year later.
Though little information regarding McIntosh’s early designs is available, it is known that the factory—like many British enterprises—joined the war effort during the First World War. With most workers (including the founder’s grandson, Henry) called up to enlist, the McIntosh factory began manufacturing airplane wings and other parts for the duration of the war. During this time, Alexander Henry’s son Thomas Wishart McIntosh (1861–1933), headed the family business from London, where McIntosh had established an office.
Despite an aesthetic that could be mistaken as Danish modern, the company marketed itself, both at home and abroad, as a proud Scottish firm that utilized traditional processes and that employed local, highly-skilled cabinetmakers. The McIntosh label, which survives on many 1950s and 1960s pieces, shows the Scottish thistle and crown, a long-time symbol of Scotland. From 1948 until 1983, Tom Robertson worked as head designer for the firm; creating his most notable design, the teak Dunvegan sideboard (1960s) known for its sculpted handles.
Condition is super as we’ve had the table top refinished to a high standard by a professional furniture restorer.
Dimensions: H76 x D84 x L122cm (Length when extended – 168cm)