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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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Antique Victorian Edwardian Wood Pedestal Table
Mar 02, 10:00 AM MST
Antique Victorian Edwardian Wood Pedestal Table
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$406 Bids
(2pc) Vtg Accent Table & Antique Inlaid Cabinet
Mar 02, 10:00 AM MST
(2pc) Vtg Accent Table & Antique Inlaid Cabinet
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$303 Bids
Early Moore Co. N.C. Primitive Huntboard Server Table
Mar 09, 10:00 AM EST
Early Moore Co. N.C. Primitive Huntboard Server Table
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$1103 Bids
A small provincial oak gate leg table, 19th century
Mar 03, 11:00 AM AEDT
A small provincial oak gate leg table, 19th century
by Gibson's
Est: AUD300- AUD500
AUD3803 Bids
Antique MOP Inlaid Chess Table
Feb 29, 12:00 PM EST
Antique MOP Inlaid Chess Table
by Akiba Galleries
Est: $100- $1,000
$1003 Bids
Low Table
Mar 01, 5:00 PM EST
Low Table
by Dovetail Auctions, LLC
Est: $5- $500
$153 Bids
ENGLISH WALNUT GOTHIC REVIVAL TABLE
Mar 12, 11:15 AM EDT
ENGLISH WALNUT GOTHIC REVIVAL TABLE
by Ashcroft and Moore
Est: $1,000- $10,000
$1102 Bids
ITALIAN CENTER TABLE
Mar 12, 11:15 AM EDT
ITALIAN CENTER TABLE
by Ashcroft and Moore
Est: $1,000- $10,000
$1102 Bids
Antique Wood Side Table W/ Barley Twist Legs
Mar 02, 10:00 AM MST
Antique Wood Side Table W/ Barley Twist Legs
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$152 Bids
Antique French Bronze Trimmed Side Table
Feb 29, 12:00 PM EST
Antique French Bronze Trimmed Side Table
by Akiba Galleries
Est: $50- $500
$502 Bids
Antique Oak Wood Trestle Credenza / Sideboard
Mar 02, 10:00 AM MST
Antique Oak Wood Trestle Credenza / Sideboard
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$152 Bids
PAIR DEMILUNE CONSOLE TABLES, ANTIQUE ITALIAN
Mar 12, 11:15 AM EDT
PAIR DEMILUNE CONSOLE TABLES, ANTIQUE ITALIAN
by Ashcroft and Moore
Est: $1,000- $10,000
$1202 Bids
A provincial pine scullery table, in the 18th century style
Mar 03, 11:00 AM AEDT
A provincial pine scullery table, in the 18th century style
by Gibson's
Est: AUD600- AUD800
AUD5502 Bids
A Louis XV Provincial walnut side table, second half 18th century
Feb 29, 10:00 AM PST
A Louis XV Provincial walnut side table, second half 18th century
by Andrew Jones Auctions
Est: $400- $600
$2502 Bids
A Continental Mahogany and Fruitwood Marquetry Games Table
Mar 06, 11:00 AM EST
A Continental Mahogany and Fruitwood Marquetry Games Table
by Gray's Auctioneers
Est: $200- $400
$1001 Bid
Pembroke Table
Mar 01, 5:00 PM EST
Pembroke Table
by Dovetail Auctions, LLC
Est: $5- $500
$51 Bid
English Tea Table
Mar 02, 9:00 AM EST
English Tea Table
by Dovetail Auctions, LLC
Est: $5- $500
$51 Bid
TAVOLO
Mar 07, 10:30 AM CET
TAVOLO
by Aste Boetto SRL
Est: €300- €350
€3001 Bid
English Tea Table
Mar 01, 5:00 PM EST
English Tea Table
by Dovetail Auctions, LLC
Est: $5- $500
$51 Bid

Sellers Who Sell Antique Tables


Ashcroft and Moore

Ashcroft and Moore

Dreweatts 1759 Fine Sales

Dreweatts 1759 Fine Sales

Aste Boetto SRL

Aste Boetto SRL

Crescent City Auction Gallery

Crescent City Auction Gallery