Circa 1910 Metamorphic Oak Monks Table Chair


In stock


This is a hand carved metamorphic table/chair. The back of the chair lifts and over the arms which turns the piece into an occasional table. The tabletop is held by a slide and hinge wooden pin mechanism to the bench base. The simple mechanism is a great design that keeps the top sturdy in both positions yet remains easy to operate. This monk’s table converts into a chair smoothly and visa versa. When used as a chair, the back leads down to wonderful chunky arms which are raised on pretty turned supports. The chair is raised on pretty turned legs joined by a stretcher. As a table, it can be used as a two-tier table. It is
decorated with carvings of a cross in the center with swastika pattern around it. Before the Nazis hijacked the symbol, the swastika was used as a symbol of divinity and spirituality. The purpose of these types of table/chairs was to save on space in small places such as monastery rooms.

As a table: H: 29.5 inches, W: 30 inches, D: 30 inches.

As a chair: H: 43.5 inches, W: 29.5 inches, D: 18.5 inches

Seat: H: 18 inches, W: 16.5 inches, D: 14.5 inches.

Additional information

Weight 40 lbs
Style / Period

Arts and Crafts

Year / Century


Place of Origin

Northern Europe




There are no repairs. All the moldings and carvings are complete. There is a rich patina in the oak that is consistent with its age. The feet are complete and sturdy. We will be happy to provide additional images upon request. This piece can be shipped in two parts.

Product Enquiry