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American Antique Tables

Antique tables made in the U.S. have roots in traditional English and French designs. In the early days of the Republic, tables were often made by joiners and cabinetmakers who immigrated from Europe, where they receive their training. Between the late-1700s and mid-1800s, cities like New York, Philadelphia, Boston, and Baltimore became furniture-making centers building uniquely American interpretations of Old World styles.

The leading furniture-makers of each city developed their own distinctive style of the craft which ultimate became associated with their respective locales.

In Boston, craftsmen like Emmons & Archibald, Isaac Vose, and John and Thomas Seymour became purveyors of tables and other furnishings to the rich and famous. Baltimore developed a reputation for beautifully painted tables done by artisans such as John and Hugh Finlay. The finest Philadelphia-made tables could be attributed to designers like Joseph Barry, Henry Connelly, Anthony Quervelle, Ephraim Haines, and Michael Bouvier. The New York furniture scene was dominated by work of French transplant Charles-Honoré Lannuier and Scottish-born Duncan Phyfe, who gave the United States refined contemporary table designs.

Similar to but distinctive from the Continental counterparts, American antique tables continue to hold their own across the auction marketplace.


Quick Facts

  • In September 2015 at Skinner, a 19th century American Classical mahogany dining table with four leaves sold for a modest $937
  • A circa 1840 Shaker pine and chestnut laundry table sold at auction in June 2014 for $6,150
  • In 2014, a rectangular maple and oak joined table, probably produced in or around Boston from 1680 to 1710, sold at auction for $1,968

Recommended Items at Auction

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PAINT-DECORATED DROP LEAF TABLE.
Apr 26, 10:00 AM EDT
PAINT-DECORATED DROP LEAF TABLE.
by Amelia Jeffers
Est: $150- $250
$601 Bid
AMERICAN QUEEN ANNE-STYLE TEA TABLE.
Apr 26, 10:00 AM EDT
AMERICAN QUEEN ANNE-STYLE TEA TABLE.
by Amelia Jeffers
Est: $100- $300
$501 Bid
American Classical Walnut Curule Library Table, early 19th c., H.- 30 1/2 in., W.- 51 in., D.- 28 in.
May 10, 10:00 AM CDT
American Classical Walnut Curule Library Table, early 19th c., H.- 30 1/2 in., W.- 51 in., D.- 28 in.
by Crescent City Auction Gallery
Est: $400- $800
$3000 Bids
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FEDERAL CARD TABLE 19th Century Height 29.5”. Width 35”. Depth 17.5”.
May 16, 9:30 AM EDT
FEDERAL CARD TABLE 19th Century Height 29.5”. Width 35”. Depth 17.5”.
by Eldred's
Est: $300- $500
$1500 Bids
GEORGIAN WALNUT FALL-LEAF STAND TABLE
Apr 27, 9:00 AM EDT
GEORGIAN WALNUT FALL-LEAF STAND TABLE
by Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates
Est: $80- $120
$400 Bids
AMERICAN TIGER MAPLE TABLE / DESK AND CHAIR, LOT OF TWO
Apr 27, 9:00 AM EDT
AMERICAN TIGER MAPLE TABLE / DESK AND CHAIR, LOT OF TWO
by Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates
Est: $80- $120
$400 Bids
NEW ENGLAND FEDERAL BIRCH CANDLESTAND.
Apr 26, 10:00 AM EDT
NEW ENGLAND FEDERAL BIRCH CANDLESTAND.
by Amelia Jeffers
Est: $100- $200
$500 Bids
COUNTRY HEPPLEWHITE WORK TABLE.
Apr 26, 10:00 AM EDT
COUNTRY HEPPLEWHITE WORK TABLE.
by Amelia Jeffers
Est: $150- $300
$700 Bids
FOUR AMERICAN PAINTED TABLE LEGS.
Apr 27, 10:00 AM EDT
FOUR AMERICAN PAINTED TABLE LEGS.
by Amelia Jeffers
Est: $50- $100
$200 Bids
PR 19C American Mahogany Casket Stand End Tables
Apr 24, 10:00 AM EDT
PR 19C American Mahogany Casket Stand End Tables
by Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers
Est: $200- $600
$1000 Bids
American Federal Walnut Drop Leaf Table, early 19th c., H.- 28 3/4 in., W.- 44 in., D.- 24 in.
May 10, 10:00 AM CDT
American Federal Walnut Drop Leaf Table, early 19th c., H.- 28 3/4 in., W.- 44 in., D.- 24 in.
by Crescent City Auction Gallery
Est: $300- $500
$2000 Bids
A late Federal mahogany card table, Philadelphia, PA, circa 1815
Apr 30, 11:00 AM EDT
A late Federal mahogany card table, Philadelphia, PA, circa 1815
by Freeman's | Hindman
Est: $1,500- $2,500
$7500 Bids

Sellers Who Sell American Antique Tables


Amelia Jeffers

Amelia Jeffers

Potomack Company

Potomack Company

Eldred's

Eldred's

Crescent City Auction Gallery

Crescent City Auction Gallery