A term often used in conjunction with death is, of course, the “funeral parlor”. This term originates with the wake table and the historic funerary practices of families, most markedly Irish families, as the celebration has roots in the Celtic tradition. Keeping vigil over the body of a recently deceased loved one was meant to chase evil spirits away until the soul had achieved its immortal goal of transferrance to the eternal realm. This beautiful early 20th century oak table would have been the gathering place for familiy meals, with its large ovoid size. In the event of a family death, the leaves were dropped and the table was brought to the household parlor, where the coffin would rest upon the table for the duration of the wake and for visitation by mourners. Great story, fantastic table.
Measures 82.5 x 60 x 30”
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