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Antique Tables

Few pieces have as much enduring appeal as tables. Second only to chairs in the world of collectible furniture, antique tables are functional pieces of artwork with histories that continue to seduce buyers at auction.

Antique tables have run the gamut of design. Since their first iterations, cabinetmakers and furniture manufacturers expanded their offerings with innovative designs based on earlier styles.

The design of the table corresponded with its purpose. Trestle and refractory dining tables were initially designed to be set up along or against walls instead of their common modern orientation in the center of rooms. Console tables were customarily made with no rear legs, depending on brackets to mount them to the wall. Pier tables, also called hall tables or side tables, were so named because they were placed in the wall space between windows.

Specialty pieces like drafting and artist’s tables were fitting with sloping, adjustable tops. Card tables, often round in shape to more easily accommodate additional players, sometimes employed folding tops to allow for more flexible storage when not in use.


Quick Facts

  • In 2015, a dining table by Danish designer Peder Moos sold at a Phillips auction for a record £602,500
  • In 2014 a pair of Regency rosewood library tables from The Old Refractory in Kent, England, sold at Skinners for £43,750
  • A circa 1929 Gio Ponti extendable dining table sold at an October 2015 Phillips auction in London for £11,250

Recommended Items at Auction

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Scandinavian painted pine drop-leaf table, 19th c.
Dec 02, 9:00 AM EST
Scandinavian painted pine drop-leaf table, 19th c.
by Pook & Pook Inc.
Est: $200- $400
$3207 Bids
Rare North Carolina Walnut Sugar Table
Dec 03, 10:00 AM EST
Rare North Carolina Walnut Sugar Table
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$2106 Bids
19th C. Venetian Inspired Lacquered Side Table
Dec 03, 11:00 AM EST
19th C. Venetian Inspired Lacquered Side Table
by Northgate Gallery
Est: $100- $25,000
$1256 Bids
Pilot Mountain N.C. Handmade Walnut Table
Dec 03, 10:00 AM EST
Pilot Mountain N.C. Handmade Walnut Table
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$803 Bids
AN UNUSUAL GEORGE III MAHOGANY TRIANGULAR DROP LEAF TABLE, ATTRIBUTED TO GILLOWS, CIRCA 1760
Nov 30, 10:30 AM GMT
AN UNUSUAL GEORGE III MAHOGANY TRIANGULAR DROP LEAF TABLE, ATTRIBUTED TO GILLOWS, CIRCA 1760
by Dreweatts 1759 Fine Sales
Est: £500- £800
£2002 Bids
Piedmont North Carolina Stretcher Base Table
Dec 03, 10:00 AM EST
Piedmont North Carolina Stretcher Base Table
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$1102 Bids
19th C. Burl Walnut Tea Table Having Shaped Top
Dec 03, 11:00 AM EST
19th C. Burl Walnut Tea Table Having Shaped Top
by Northgate Gallery
Est: $100- $25,000
$501 Bid
A GEORGE III MAHOGANY SILVER TABLE, CIRCA 1790
Dec 01, 10:30 AM GMT
A GEORGE III MAHOGANY SILVER TABLE, CIRCA 1790
by Dreweatts 1759 Fine Sales
Est: £600- £800
£5001 Bid
Antique Italian Mahogany Library Trestle Table
Dec 03, 11:00 AM EST
Antique Italian Mahogany Library Trestle Table
by Northgate Gallery
Est: $100- $25,000
$501 Bid
Antique American Walnut Drop Leaf Side Table
Dec 03, 11:00 AM EST
Antique American Walnut Drop Leaf Side Table
by Northgate Gallery
Est: $100- $25,000
$501 Bid
English 19th C mahogany display table having blind fret decoration. H 76cm, W 58cm
Dec 11, 12:00 PM AEDT
English 19th C mahogany display table having blind fret decoration. H 76cm, W 58cm
by Christian McCann Auctions
Est: AUD800- AUD1,200
AUD6001 Bid
Tuckaway Table
Dec 10, 9:00 AM EST
Tuckaway Table
by Dovetail Auctions, LLC
Est: $5- $500
$51 Bid
New England maple tavern table, 18th c.
Dec 02, 9:00 AM EST
New England maple tavern table, 18th c.
by Pook & Pook Inc.
Est: $400- $700
$2001 Bid
TABLE DE MILIEU, ESPAGNE, COMPOSÉE D'ÉLÉMENTS DU XVIIe SIÈCLE
Nov 29, 6:00 PM CET
TABLE DE MILIEU, ESPAGNE, COMPOSÉE D'ÉLÉMENTS DU XVIIe SIÈCLE
by Tajan
Est: €800- €1,200
€7001 Bid
Victorian Walnut Marble Top Small Sideboard
Dec 02, 10:00 AM EST
Victorian Walnut Marble Top Small Sideboard
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$501 Bid
Early North Carolina Pine Hunt Table
Dec 03, 10:00 AM EST
Early North Carolina Pine Hunt Table
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$501 Bid
Rare Salem N.C. Moravian Sawbuck Table
Dec 03, 10:00 AM EST
Rare Salem N.C. Moravian Sawbuck Table
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$501 Bid
19th c. English paper Mache tray table with stand
Dec 17, 2:00 PM PST
19th c. English paper Mache tray table with stand
by International Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $300
$301 Bid
Massiver Kirschbaumtisch, Anfang 19. Jhdt. Zweischübig.
Dec 02, 10:00 AM CET
Massiver Kirschbaumtisch, Anfang 19. Jhdt. Zweischübig.
by Dusseldorfer Auktionshaus
Est: €0- €0
€501 Bid
EARLY 18TH C GATELEG TABLE
Dec 03, 11:00 AM EST
EARLY 18TH C GATELEG TABLE
by D. L. Straight Auctioneers
Est: $400- $800
$1001 Bid
Zwei Tischvitrinen
Dec 02, 10:00 AM CET
Zwei Tischvitrinen
by Dusseldorfer Auktionshaus
Est: €0- €0
€501 Bid
SHERATON MAHOGANY INLAID SIDEBOARD of SMALL SIZE
Dec 04, 10:30 AM EST
SHERATON MAHOGANY INLAID SIDEBOARD of SMALL SIZE
by Butterscotch Auction Gallery LLC
Est: $700- $900
$3001 Bid
FRENCH GILT AND MARBLE TABLE 19TH C
Dec 13, 9:00 AM CST
FRENCH GILT AND MARBLE TABLE 19TH C
by Jackson's International
Est: $150- $250
$1301 Bid

Sellers Who Sell Antique Tables


Dreweatts 1759 Fine Sales

Dreweatts 1759 Fine Sales

Christian McCann Auctions

Christian McCann Auctions

Aste Boetto SRL

Aste Boetto SRL

Dusseldorfer Auktionshaus

Dusseldorfer Auktionshaus