Gonville & Caius College Fellows Extending Dining Table

Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge

Founded twice, firstly by Edward Gonville in 1348 with its second founder, John Kees [Cauis] in 1529. Caius was royal physician to Edward VI, Mary Tudor and Elizabeth I & subsequently elected President of the Royal College of Physicians nine times; Dr. Cauis introduced the practical study of anatomy to England. The college obtained a royal charter to re-found both colleges as Gonville & Cauis College in 1557; previous notable alumni includes William Harvey - a pioneer of anatomy, Francis Crick – joint discoverer of DNA structure and of course Professor Stephen Hawking – discovery concerning black holes in space.

Fellows Extending Dining Table , White Room

This is early 19th century mahogany extending dining table originally stood on a central turned column with 4 sabre legs terminating in brass castors. At a later date  it was converted with sliding frames at each end with separate turned legs that could be added to support the additional we of the table leaves .

AAMR was commissioned not only to undertake a thorough restoration and re- finishing of this table but to supply, make and finish another 2 leaves to blend in with the existing. By adjusting the sub frame of  Beechwood extending bearers,  the maximum fully extended length was increased to 20 feet.