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American End Tables

During the 17th and 18th centuries, American tables developed from traditional English styles and distinct regional characteristics. Later, American table design jumped from British- to French-influenced design before becoming uniquely North American.

In the case of end tables, the first of their kind were built in Europe with the purpose of standing against room walls. Since their backs were not meant to be visible, their rear ends tended to be relatively unfinished and unadorned, with rough-cut pine or oak backboards. Later, in the United States, fully-finished end tables transitioned from occasional to nearly daily use.

Today these small tables are often multi-tiered and typically placed beside sofas or armchairs in living rooms or used in bedrooms as makeshift nightstands. Capturing both form and function, American end tables are a domestic staple. Examples can be found at auction in a range of styles to suit every need and taste.


Quick Facts

  • In December 2012, a George Nakashima end table sold at a Phillips auction for $30,000
  • In 2014, a pair of George Nakashima Wohl end tables made from American walnut in New Hope, Pennsylvania, sold at Skinner for $2,829
  • An early-20th century Stickley end table sold at Skinner in December 2005 for only $294

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Historia Auktionshaus

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