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February 2, 2015 - Filed under: Antique Tables — Mandy
  • Loo tables were very popular in the 18th and 19th centuries as candlestands, tea tables, or small dining tables, although they were originally made for the popular card game called loo or lanterloo. Their typically round or oval tops have a tilting mechanism, which enables them to be stored out of the way (e.g., in room corners) when not in use. A further development in this direction was the “birdcage” table, the top of which could both revolve and tilt.
  • Pembroke tables were first introduced during the 18th century and were popular throughout the 19th century. Their main characteristic was a rectangular or oval top with folding or drop leaves on each side. Most examples have one or more drawers and four legs sometimes connected by stretchers. Their design meant they could easily be stored or moved about and conveniently opened for serving tea, dining, writing, or other occasional uses.
  • Sofa tables are similar to Pembroke tables and usually have longer and narrower tops. They were specifically designed for placement directly in front of sofas for serving tea, writing, dining, or other convenient uses. Generally speaking, a sofa table is a tall, narrow table used behind a sofa to hold lamps or decorative objects.
  • Work tables were small tables designed to hold sewing materials and implements, providing a convenient work place for women who sewed. They appeared during the 18th century and were popular throughout the 19th century. Most examples have rectangular tops, sometimes with folding leaves, and usually one or more drawers fitted with partitions. Early examples typically have four legs, often standing on casters, while later examples sometimes have turned columns or other forms of support.
  • Drum tables are round tables introduced for writing, with drawers around the platform.
  • End tables are small tables typically placed beside couches or armchairs. Often lamps will be placed on an end table.
  • Billiards tables are bounded tables on which billiards-type games are played. All provide a flat surface, usually composed of slate and covered with cloth, elevated above the ground.
  • Chess tables are a type of games table that integrates a chessboard.
  • Card tables are used to play poker or other card games.
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February 9, 2014 - Filed under: Antique Tables — Mandy

Some very early tables were made and used by the Egyptians, and were little more than stone platforms used to keep objects off the floor. They were not used for seating people. Food and drinks were usually put on large plates deposed on a pedestal for eating. The Egyptians made use of various small tables and elevated playing boards. The Chinese also created very early tables in order to pursue the arts of writing and painting.

The Greeks and Romans made more frequent use of tables, notably for eating, although Greek tables were pushed under a bed after use. The Greeks invented a piece of furniture very similar to the guéridon. Tables were made of marble or wood and metal (typically bronze or silver alloys), sometimes with richly ornate legs. Later, the larger rectangular tables were made of separate platforms and pillars. The Romans also introduced a large, semicircular table to Italy, the mensa lunata.

Furniture during the Middle Ages is not as well known as that of earlier or later periods, and most sources show the types used by the nobility. In the Eastern Roman Empire, tables were made of metal or wood, usually with four feet and frequently linked by x-shaped stretchers. Tables for eating were large and often round or semicircular. A combination of a small round table and a lectern seemed very popular as a writing table. In western Europe, the invasions and internecine wars caused most of the knowledge inherited from the classical era to be lost. As a result of the necessary movability, most tables were simple trestle tables, although small round tables made from joinery reappeared during the 15th century and onward. In the Gothic era, the chest became widespread and was often used as a table.

Refectory tables first appeared at least as early as the 17th century, as an advancement of the trestle table; these tables were typically quite long and wide and capable of supporting a sizeable banquet in the great hall or other reception room of a castle.


- Filed under: Antique Tables — Mandy

A Loo table is a table model from the 18th and 19th centuries, originally designed for the card game loo, which was also known as lanterloo.

The typical loo table has an oval or round top, and a hinged mechanism fitted to a pedestal base, enabling the table to be easily stored when not in use. Sometimes, antique dealers call any table with a folding mechanism  a “loo table”, even if the table top is square or rectangular.



September 2, 2013 - Filed under: Antique Tables — Mandy
Ashford Black Marble is the name given to a dark limestone, quarried from mines near Ashford-in-the-Water, in Derbyshire, England. Once cut, turned and polished, its shiny black surface is highly decorative. Ashford Black Marble is a very fine-grained sedimentary rock, and is not a true marble in the geological sense. It can be cut and inlaid with other decorative stones and minerals, using a technique known as pietra dura. Derby Museum has a diagram of Ecton Hill made from Ashford Black Marble and other minerals
There was a thriving trade in the manufacture of urns, obelisks and other decorative items from Ashford Black Marble during the late 18th and early 19th century. John Mawe had a museum in Matlock Bath that dealt in black marble and Ann Rayner engraved pictures, next door at another museum, on black marble using a diamond. Many fine examples of engraved and inlaid black marble exist in local collections, including those of Derby Museum, Buxton Museum and Chatsworth House. In 2009 huge blocks of unworked Ashford Black Marble were unearthed during excavation work near to the Seven Stars public house in Derby. The plan was to auction them due to the rarity of unworked Ashford Black marble. It was speculated that the rocks had been abandoned when an Ashford Black Marble manufacturer moved in the 1880s
January 27, 2013 - Filed under: Antique Tables — Mandy

Merrow Associates was started by Richard Young, who is a former Royal College of Art student who later studied at the Royal Art Academy Copenhagen under Professor Ole Wanscher. Richard Young is obsessed by quality and the kind of meticulous detailing typical of Scandinavian furniture of the 1950s. He uses beautifully finished glossy surfaces – a juxtaposition of rosewood, steel and glass – as substitutes for patina and marquetry. He trained as a cabinet maker, another reason why materials feature high in his design priorities. Distribution was restricted to specialist retailers. Heal`s and Harrods. Although the firms idiom is essentially traditional modern classic they prefer to call it, Merrow Associates has proved that British workmanship, properly directed, matches Scandinavian



September 29, 2012 - Filed under: Antique Tables — Mandy
lowboy is an American collectors term for a dressing table, or vanity. It is a small table with one or two rows of drawers, so called in contradistinction to the tallboy or highboy chest of drawers
Both lowboy and tallboy were favourite pieces of the 18th century, both in England and in the United States; the lowboy was most frequently used as a dressing-table, but sometimes as a side-table. It is usually made of oak, walnut or mahogany, with the drawer-fronts mounted with brass pulls and escutcheons. The more elegant examples in the Queen Anne, early Georgian, and Chippendale styles often have cabriole legs, carved knees, and slipper or claw-and-ball feet. The fronts of some examples also are sculpted with the scallop-shell motif beneath the centre drawer.


May 14, 2012 - Filed under: Antique Tables — Mandy

The forerunners of the tripod table were the small round topped tables which were designed to support a lantern  or candlesticks – a type popular in England during the second half of the 17th Century.

The tripod table was introduced  in the 1730s and was made in varying sizes. Except in the smallest tripod tables, the tops are made so that they can tilt to a vertical position to fit neatly into the corner of a room. The heyday of the tripod table was the Chippendale period when they were mostly made in mahogany, with carved decoration.

Tripod tables were largely an English phenomenon and were less popular on the Continent. In England in the mid 18th Century small tripod tables were made as stands for silver tea kettles and their heaters, but undoubtedly used in the drawing room next to armchairs for other purposes, as they are still used today.


April 6, 2012 - Filed under: Antique Tables,Games/Card Tables — Mandy

“Work tables” with small drawers or a lifting top, disclosing a well and fitted with receptacles for reels, shuttles and bobbins etc were not introduced before the second half of the 18th Century and were one of the many specialised forms characteristic of that age. In the list of Catherine Of Aragons effects, taken after her divorce there is an entry “2 working stools of Iverye, belonging to the same” which may have been a kind of work table, as this queen was an accomplished needlewoman. In the late Georgian Periods work tables were sometimes constructed with folding flaps, which when turned back disclosed a chess board, others had a chess or backgammon board to draw out. George Smith in “Household furniture” 1808 gives several designs for ladies work tables with chess/backgammon boards


A Fine Example of a Victorian Work Table/Games Table

March 21, 2012 - Filed under: Antique Tables — Mandy

Nests of tables were an ingenious space saving late 18th Century invention. Consisting of three or four tables. Edwardian nests of tables are about two thirds the height of Regency ones and considerably less expensive. Early nests were light and elegantly simple in design and they became more ornate in the 19th Century before returning to the Georgian style. The most common woods used were mahogany and rosewood. The largest table tops are frequently paler than the smaller tables, with more often being exposed to the sunlight.


Edwardian Period Mahogany Nest Tables

- Filed under: Antique Tables — Mandy

The fashion for taking tea and other refreshments such as chocolate undoubtedly led to more occasional use of folding side tables, some were even made in pairs, one with baize interior for games and one with polished surface for use when entertaining.  The latter are referred to as tea tables


Pair Card Tables

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