Antique Center Tables
An Exceptional George IV English Oak Octagonal Table
An Exceptional George IV English Oak Octagonal Table stamped by the maker, Miles & Edwards, 134 Oxford Street, London numbered ... Find out more
An English octagonal Rosewood end or occasional table .
An English octagonal Rosewood end or occasional table . $ ... Find out more
A very good English antique Center Table in satinwood
A very good English antique Center Table in satinwood $ ... Find out more
An English William IV period mahogany circular table.
An English William IV period mahogany circular table, fitted with a tilt top. The table is in excellent ... Find out more
An English early 19th century center table
An English early 19th century George IV period center table in Pollard oak with segmented ... Find out more
An English 19th century antique center table.
An English 19th century antique center table in burr wanut. The table which is of an elipse shape is fitted wth a tilt top. The table is in very good ... Find out more
An English antique center table
An English antique 19th century burr walnut center table signed on the drawer by the maker Edwards and ... Find out more
An English antique center table.
An English antique mid 19th century inlaid center table in rosewood. The table top with a central inlaid panel, the table also has a band of inlay around the edge of the table. The pedestal of the table is also ... Find out more
An English 19thc. antique center table.
An English 19thc. antique center table in burr walnut, the color and grain of the wood on this table is ... Find out more
An English antique center table
An English antique center table in Satinwood. The table has an elipse shaped top. The table is of the finest quality and is signed by the maker Holland and Sons.
Holland and Sons Ltd, Cabinet Makers and Upholsterers 1821-1968. Originally founded in 1803 by Stephen ... Find out more
An English Early 19th Century Mahogany antique Drum or Library Table
4 An English Early 19th Century Mahogany antique Drum Table or Library table, fitted 4 working and 4 dummy drawers, excellent color and patina. $ ... Find out more
A Good English antique Burr Walnut Center Table.
A Good English antique Burr Walnut Center Table. Central Oval Section that is superbly inlaid with ... Find out more
An English antique center table.
A very important English Exhibition quality center table.
The table top is profusely inlaid with naturalistic forms, it sits on a twin pedestal base, which is finely carved with Putti figures as part of each pedestal.
One figure cradles in its arms a cornucopia, while the other figure cradles a small and thoroughly charming figure of a small dragon.
This table represents the very finest quality that was available in mid 19th century English furniture making.
The table is in the manner of William Cookes ... Find out more
A late Regency rosewood center table
Made by Gillows of Lancaster circa 1830, this is a most attractive English breakfast or center table. The spectacular table top features bookmatched *Brazilian rosewood with absolutely stunning grain. In Excellent original ... Find out more
A Regency period brass-inlaid rosewood center table
An English antique brass inlaid center table. circa 1825. This antique center table is in Rosewood and is inlaid in brass on the perimeter of the table and on the base. ... Find out more
An overview of antique English center tables
The antique center table originated in the great mansions and stately homes of England in the 18th Century. As the phrase says it was a table used in the center of a room, basically as a center piece. In many cases the room in question would be an entrance room or hallway into a large home. The antique center table really does not have a particular use other than being an important decorative object. In some cases the table could be used as a way of displaying flowers or a piece of artwork. When entering a home the center table was usually the first piece of antique furniture that would be seen, therefore setting a tone for the home!
An antique center table can be of several shapes, the most common being a circular center table, it is not unusual though to also find antique center tables being oval, elipse, rectangular or occasionally octagonal in shape.
The base of an antique center table is most commonly determined by the weight of the table top, for instance an antique center table made with a marble top would need a solid base to hold it up securely. As far as antique center tables with wood tops go then a center pedestal attached to a plinth base or splayed legs is the most common. Occasionally, an antique center table with a wood top will have a base of 4 or more legs often joined with wood stretchers.
As the antique center table has to fulfil a role as a focal point its design needed to stand out. The most common design would involve the use of inlay work, this meant inlaying the table top in a variety of different woods in naturalistic or geometric designs, these ornate tops are very dramatic. These profusely inlaid tops can be matched with carved bases thus creating a very decorative and eye catching piece of furniture. On rare occasions a dark wood such as rosewood would be inlaid around the perimeter with a banding of brass, this type of antique center table was particularly carried out in the Regency period.
In England during the 19th Century a great many cabinet makers plied their trade in London where throughout the century people who were looking to furnish a "Great" home knew they would find something special. Such makers as Gillows, Holland and Sons, Collinson and Locke, Seddon, Edwards and Roberts and Wright and Mansfield to name a few kept workshops in the capital. It was often the case though that in a great Stately home workshops were located on the premises.
The antique center table became widely used from the Georgian period and continued through the Regency, William IV and Victorian periods. Some superb examples were created for major International Exhibitions such as the Great Exhibition of 1851 at Hyde Park. Such center tables that appeared at these exhibitions celebrated the skill of its market, as sample of such a table would exhibit a finely inlaid table top, with superb molded edges on a base with carved naturalistic shapes and often classical figure