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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 American Solid Oak Claw Foot Dining Table
Oct 29, 5:00 PM EDT
Antique American Solid Oak Claw Foot Dining Table
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $1,000
$266 Bids
Modern Chrome Slat Bench Table style George Nelson
Nov 10, 2:00 PM EST
Modern Chrome Slat Bench Table style George Nelson
by Hill Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $1,000
$1255 Bids
EMPIRE MAHOGANY CONSOLE, EARLY 19TH CENTURY
Nov 03, 10:00 AM EDT
EMPIRE MAHOGANY CONSOLE, EARLY 19TH CENTURY
by Potomack Company
Est: $300- $500
$2252 Bids
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HUANGHUALI WOOD ALTAR TABLE
Oct 31, 6:00 AM PDT
HUANGHUALI WOOD ALTAR TABLE
by East West Auctions
Est: $8,000- $16,000
$2,0001 Bid
A CROTCH MAHOGANY OVAL FRENCH DINING TABLE C 1950
Oct 28, 11:00 AM EDT
A CROTCH MAHOGANY OVAL FRENCH DINING TABLE C 1950
by Kamelot Auctions
Est: $400- $600
$4001 Bid
Antique Banded Mahogany Console Table
Nov 07, 1:00 PM EDT
Antique Banded Mahogany Console Table
by Four Seasons Auction Gallery
Est: $200- $400
$501 Bid
Two Meissen Figurines of Seated Ladies
Nov 05, 12:00 PM EDT
Two Meissen Figurines of Seated Ladies
by Cottone Auctions
Est: $300- $500
$1501 Bid
LOUIS XV GREEN PAINTED AND GRAY MARBLE CONSOLE, MID-18TH CENTURY
Nov 03, 10:00 AM EDT
LOUIS XV GREEN PAINTED AND GRAY MARBLE CONSOLE, MID-18TH CENTURY
by Potomack Company
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$5001 Bid
BAKER, MACGUIRE RATTAN BREAKFAST TABLE
Nov 03, 10:00 AM EDT
BAKER, MACGUIRE RATTAN BREAKFAST TABLE
by Potomack Company
Est: $100- $200
$501 Bid
LOUIS XV PROVINCIAL CHERRY CENTER TABLE
Nov 03, 10:00 AM EDT
LOUIS XV PROVINCIAL CHERRY CENTER TABLE
by Potomack Company
Est: $500- $800
$2501 Bid
Danish Modern Bedroom Suite
Oct 30, 9:00 AM EDT
Danish Modern Bedroom Suite
by Dovetail Auctions, LLC
Est: $5- $500
$51 Bid
Mid Century D-Scan Side Table
Nov 07, 10:00 AM MST
Mid Century D-Scan Side Table
by R & R Auction INC
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
Diminutive Drop Leaf Table
Oct 30, 9:00 AM EDT
Diminutive Drop Leaf Table
by Dovetail Auctions, LLC
Est: $5- $500
$51 Bid
Baroque Style Carved Oak Table
Oct 28, 10:00 AM EDT
Baroque Style Carved Oak Table
by Nye & Company
Est: $500- $800
$2501 Bid
An antique English oak monk's table bench seat, 19th century, 90cm high, 129cm wide, 76cm deep
Nov 06, 10:00 AM AEDT
An antique English oak monk's table bench seat, 19th century, 90cm high, 129cm wide, 76cm deep
by Leski Auctions Pty Ltd
Est: AUD800- AUD1,200
AUD6001 Bid
Lot of 2 Table Radios
Nov 20, 10:00 AM CST
Lot of 2 Table Radios
by Donley Auction Services
Est: $100- $250
$501 Bid
BAUSMAN TIERED WALNUT SIDE TABLE
Oct 28, 9:00 AM PDT
BAUSMAN TIERED WALNUT SIDE TABLE
by Abell Auction
Est: $100- $200
$751 Bid

Sellers Who Sell Antique Tables


Pierre Bergé & Associés

Pierre Bergé & Associés

Auktionshaus Plückbaum

Auktionshaus Plückbaum

Christian McCann Auctions

Christian McCann Auctions

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