The rectangular top on 'X' form supports joined by stretchers\nComparative Literature:\nPenelope Eames, Furniture in England, France and the Netherlands from the twelfth to the fifteenth century, The Cinoa Award 1977, p. 223-224.\nCollections Bruno Perrier, Haute Epoque, Ader Tajan, 6th April 1992, p. 24-25, lot 9.\n The shape of this table reflects the most ancient types of table with firstly a mobile and then a subsequently fixed top reflecting the more sedentary lifestyle. One of the earliest examples of this type of table is found in 1313, where it was referrred to as `unam mensam cum pedibus ad comedendum'. Sometimes their supports were even set into the floor such as the table in the hall at Winchester College. There is an engraving by Dürer, The Last Supper, circa 1523, (Musée du Petit Palais, Paris) illustrating a similar type of table-reproduced here in fig.1. \nThe present table, of exceptional dimensions, with an enormous rectangular top is comprised of jointed boards raised on trestle supports and a related example is in the Musée de Plessis-les-Tours, reproduced here in fig. 2. \nThe simplicity of this table illustrates how monastic furniture remained fairly simplistic throughout the ages and was not subjected to the fashions of the outside world. This table also is reminiscent of the tables named `Bigourdane' as they were produced around the Bagnères de Bigorre region.\nA related refectory table is illustrated by Bruno Perrier , op. cit., 24-25, lot 9.\nA similar refrectory table was sold in these Rooms, as lot 109, 29th October 2003 (£128,000)-fig.3..