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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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D.IOA. BAPTISTA BUSATTI PLEBA. F.F. A.D.M.D.C.XCVI BELLE TABLE EN SCAGLIOLA DATÉE 1696
May 29, 2:00 PM CEST
D.IOA. BAPTISTA BUSATTI PLEBA. F.F. A.D.M.D.C.XCVI BELLE TABLE EN SCAGLIOLA DATÉE 1696
by Accademia Fine Art
Est: €3,000- €6,000
€2606 Bids
Antique Chair Table in Red Paint
Jun 22, 6:30 PM EDT
Antique Chair Table in Red Paint
by Gary R. Wallace Auctioneers Inc.
Est: $0- $0
$704 Bids
Antique walnut tea table, porcelain tile top with floral detail. 67cm H, 40cm W, 39cm D.
May 23, 7:00 PM AEST
Antique walnut tea table, porcelain tile top with floral detail. 67cm H, 40cm W, 39cm D.
by Bargain Hunt Auctions
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD354 Bids
Rolling Antique Singer Iron Base Wood Top Table
May 25, 10:00 AM MST
Rolling Antique Singer Iron Base Wood Top Table
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$254 Bids
19TH C PAUL SORMANI SEVRES SIDE TABLE
May 24, 1:30 PM PDT
19TH C PAUL SORMANI SEVRES SIDE TABLE
by Auction Plus, Inc.
Est: $12,000- $15,000
$3503 Bids
LARGE ITALIAN NINETEENTH CENTURY PINE DRAPERS TABLE ON TURNED LEGS.
May 22, 11:00 AM EDT
LARGE ITALIAN NINETEENTH CENTURY PINE DRAPERS TABLE ON TURNED LEGS.
by Kamelot Auctions
Est: $2,000- $3,000
$1253 Bids
Antique mahogany demi lune console table, single drawer, cabriole legs. 74cm H, 104cm W, 53cm D.
May 23, 7:00 PM AEST
Antique mahogany demi lune console table, single drawer, cabriole legs. 74cm H, 104cm W, 53cm D.
by Bargain Hunt Auctions
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD303 Bids
19TH C. FRENCH BOULLE FIGURAL BRONZE MOUNTED TABLE
May 24, 1:30 PM PDT
19TH C. FRENCH BOULLE FIGURAL BRONZE MOUNTED TABLE
by Auction Plus, Inc.
Est: $6,000- $8,000
$3502 Bids
PAINTED NINETEENTH CENTURY FARM TABLE WITH TURNED LEGS
May 22, 11:00 AM EDT
PAINTED NINETEENTH CENTURY FARM TABLE WITH TURNED LEGS
by Kamelot Auctions
Est: $800- $1,200
$752 Bids
Antique Gilt Quebec Church Pedestal Table
May 25, 11:00 AM EDT
Antique Gilt Quebec Church Pedestal Table
by Kavanagh Auctions
Est: $40- $15,000
$401 Bid
Oval Victorian Marble Top Walnut Table
May 29, 10:00 AM CDT
Oval Victorian Marble Top Walnut Table
by Cedarburg Auction & Appraisals LLC
Est: $200- $300
$251 Bid
George III Inlaid Mahogany Bowfront Sideboard Last quarter 18th century
May 22, 10:00 AM EDT
George III Inlaid Mahogany Bowfront Sideboard Last quarter 18th century
by Doyle New York
Est: $1,200- $1,800
$6001 Bid
LARGE FRENCH PROVINCIAL FARMHOUSE TABLE TABLE, 98.5"L
Jun 08, 10:00 AM CDT
LARGE FRENCH PROVINCIAL FARMHOUSE TABLE TABLE, 98.5"L
by Austin Auction Gallery
Est: $600- $800
$5001 Bid
19TH C. ENGLISH REGENCY WRITING TABLE.
May 29, 10:00 AM EDT
19TH C. ENGLISH REGENCY WRITING TABLE.
by William Smith Auctions
Est: $600- $900
$3001 Bid
A rustic wood harvest table
Jun 04, 10:00 AM PDT
A rustic wood harvest table
by John Moran Auctioneers
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$5001 Bid
WALNUT BRONZE MOUNTED CURIO TOP HAVING CURVED GLASS C 1910.
May 22, 11:00 AM EDT
WALNUT BRONZE MOUNTED CURIO TOP HAVING CURVED GLASS C 1910.
by Kamelot Auctions
Est: $200- $300
$501 Bid
Kleiner Tisch
May 30, 9:00 AM CEST
Kleiner Tisch
by Auktionshaus Zofingen
Est: CHF320- CHF400
CHF3201 Bid
LARGE OAK WORK TABLE WITH DOUBLE CASTORS C 1890.
May 22, 11:00 AM EDT
LARGE OAK WORK TABLE WITH DOUBLE CASTORS C 1890.
by Kamelot Auctions
Est: $800- $1,200
$501 Bid
A 1920's/1930's walnut lowboy
May 22, 10:00 AM BST
A 1920's/1930's walnut lowboy
by Martel Maides
Est: £80- £120
£501 Bid

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