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The Antique Dictionary

A definitive resource on terms related to European antiques including core terms as well as history and context

table à abattant

While some translate this as “drop leaf table,” we prefer to reserve this term for a unique form of split-top table 


These rare and desirable tables and long and narrow with a top that is split and folds open along the longest side to double the size of surface. Closed they can function as a console and, opened, a full-size table making them extremely versatile pieces.  Their folding hinges are always substantial in scale, to bear the weight of the top, and recessed so as to create a level table surface.

Table Abbatante - Split Folding Top Table
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