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English Tables

Born in the Dark Ages, early British tables were solidly fashioned from heavy slabs of oak or walnut. Characterized by their hefty design, imposing scale, and sculptural simplicity, they became central figures in households across the country.

Some of the most prized tables ever produced in Britain were crafted from the Regency through Victorian eras, during the reigns of George IV (1820-1830), William IV (1830-1837), and Queen Victoria (1837-1901). That point in history was dominated by large tables rendered in veneered mahogany and fitted with animal-shaped feet, which were found in the fashionable interiors on the aristocracy and landed gentry throughout England, Scotland, and Ireland.

The Industrial Revolution saw factory-produced tables become popular as an affordable option for the masses who could not afford high-style pieces produced by leading cabinetmakers and independent artisans. Angry about the increase in mechanized furniture production, the British once again turned to the hand craftsmanship and down-to-earth pre-capitalist form.

In the early 20th century, simple table styles not only gained widespread appeal in England, but the British Arts and Crafts movement also influenced American designers like Louis Comfort Tiffany, Frank Lloyd Wright, and the Greene & Greene brothers.


Quick Facts

  • In November 2015 at Skinner, a late-19th century English William & Mary gateleg table sold for only $369
  • A set of William IV satinwood quartetto tables dating to the mid-19th century sold at January 2014 a Skinner for $1,440
  • In October 2003, a fine example of a William IV gilt pine center table (1830-1850) sold at Neals for $19,550

Recommended Items at Auction

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A Victorian figured burr walnut work table. 59.5cm wide.
Mar 10, 7:00 PM AEDT
A Victorian figured burr walnut work table. 59.5cm wide.
by Bargain Hunt Auctions
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD606 Bids
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VICTORIAN MAHOG DROP SIDE PEDESTAL WORKING/SIDE TABLE WITH TWO DRAWERS A/F
Mar 07, 9:00 AM AEST
VICTORIAN MAHOG DROP SIDE PEDESTAL WORKING/SIDE TABLE WITH TWO DRAWERS A/F
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD853 Bids
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VINTAGE REGENCY STYLE CARD TABLE, ADJUSTABLE HEIGHT
Mar 07, 9:00 AM AEST
VINTAGE REGENCY STYLE CARD TABLE, ADJUSTABLE HEIGHT
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD303 Bids
Victorian mahogany Pembroke table (75 x 117 x 60 extended 177cm)
Mar 07, 10:00 AM AEDT
Victorian mahogany Pembroke table (75 x 117 x 60 extended 177cm)
by Lawsons
Est: AUD150- AUD250
AUD603 Bids
Chippendale Style Mahogany Trifid Tea Table 28 1/2 x 30 1/4 in. (72.4 x 76.8 cm.)
Mar 05, 10:00 AM EST
Chippendale Style Mahogany Trifid Tea Table 28 1/2 x 30 1/4 in. (72.4 x 76.8 cm.)
by Weschler's
Est: $50- $100
$403 Bids
Jacobean Style Small English Oak Tuck-Away Tavern Table
Mar 09, 10:00 AM EST
Jacobean Style Small English Oak Tuck-Away Tavern Table
by Premier Auction Galleries
Est: $200- $300
$302 Bids
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ENGLISH OAK SIDEBOARD BASE WITH 3 DOORS/2 DRAWERS
Mar 07, 9:00 AM AEST
ENGLISH OAK SIDEBOARD BASE WITH 3 DOORS/2 DRAWERS
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD202 Bids
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EDWARDIAN ENGLISH OAK EXTENDABLE TABLE, 1 SLEEVE WITH HAND CRANK
Mar 07, 9:00 AM AEST
EDWARDIAN ENGLISH OAK EXTENDABLE TABLE, 1 SLEEVE WITH HAND CRANK
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD202 Bids
A Victorian inlaid walnut serpentine centre table
Mar 07, 10:00 AM GMT
A Victorian inlaid walnut serpentine centre table
by Martel Maides
Est: £150- £200
£1001 Bid
ENGLISH MAHOGANY CENTER TABLE
Mar 12, 11:15 AM EDT
ENGLISH MAHOGANY CENTER TABLE
by Ashcroft and Moore
Est: $1,000- $10,000
$1001 Bid
A GOOD REGENCY DESIGN MAHOGANY MINIATURE DRUM TABLE with circular leather top, alternate frieze drawers, suppo
Mar 06, 10:30 AM GMT
A GOOD REGENCY DESIGN MAHOGANY MINIATURE DRUM TABLE with circular leather top, alternate frieze drawers, suppo
by John Nicholson's Fine Art Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: £60- £80
£501 Bid
Early George III oak single drawer side table raised over pad feet (69 x 74 x 51cm)
Mar 10, 7:00 PM AEDT
Early George III oak single drawer side table raised over pad feet (69 x 74 x 51cm)
by Lawsons
Est: AUD800- AUD1,200
AUD101 Bid
A Victorian leather inset mahogany writing table
Mar 07, 10:00 AM GMT
A Victorian leather inset mahogany writing table
by Martel Maides
Est: £100- £150
£201 Bid
Vintage Hekman Queen Anne Pedestal Table
Mar 09, 10:00 AM MST
Vintage Hekman Queen Anne Pedestal Table
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$101 Bid
20th Century Chippendale Style Tea Table
Mar 09, 10:00 AM EST
20th Century Chippendale Style Tea Table
by Premier Auction Galleries
Est: $100- $200
$251 Bid
Hollywood Regency style mirrored centre table (85 x 120cm)
Mar 07, 10:00 AM AEDT
Hollywood Regency style mirrored centre table (85 x 120cm)
by Lawsons
Est: AUD400- AUD600
AUD151 Bid
BUTLER'S COFFEE TABLE
Mar 06, 10:00 AM EST
BUTLER'S COFFEE TABLE
by Thomaston Place Auction Galleries
Est: $200- $300
$1001 Bid

Sellers Who Sell English Tables


Sheppards

Sheppards

Ashcroft and Moore

Ashcroft and Moore

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