Style Files: The History of Tables

The table is the center of your home. It’s an object where you share meals, help with homework, write letters, draw ideas, and gather around. It’s a an object that collects plates, displays decorations, and accumulates items that we’re too lazy to put away (it’s ok, we’re all guilty of that.) It’s also an object with a very old history.

Tables have ben around since the time of the Egyptians. Their tables were small, and were often small stone platforms used to elevate objects off the ground. Egyptian tables were not used for seating; instead they used pedestals to serve food. The Chinese also created early tables in order to pursue arts like writing and painting. The Greeks and the Romans made better use of tables, using them for feasting and drinking and then storing them under beds when not in use. Their tables were often made of marble, wood, stone, and metal (typically bronze or silver alloys) and featured ornate legs. The Romans also invented a new large, semicircular table known as the mensa lunata.

During the Middle Ages tables were made of metal or wood and had four feet supported by x-shaped stretchers. Tables were often round and large and used for eating. During the Middle Ages writing tables were popularized, comprised of a small round table and a connected lectern. In Western Europe, the invasions caused most of the knowledge from the classical era to be lost. As a result, furniture makers began designing simple trestle tables with movability versus heavy, ornate tables.

AntiquitiesWeb seeks out the most beautiful antique tables, sure to add style to any dining room, drawing room, or entry way. AntiquitiesWeb has the following tables available:


Machine Age Art Deco Flip Top Dining Console with storage cabinet supported by four swopping curved legs. Circa 1930s. 


Burr ash and duralumin dining suite with table, buffet and 6 chairs. Designed by Michel Dufet, 1931. A similar dining suite was exhibited at the Salon D’Automne, Paris 1931. 


French Art deco,circa 1940, sycamore w/mother of pearl inlay.


French Art Deco dining table – rectangular macassar ebony with marquetry. Circa 1930.

If you’re looking for a unique antique table then contact AntiquitiesWeb. Our selection of top quality antiques are unique, original, and timelessly beautiful. No matter what kind of antique you’re looking for, AntiquitiesWeb has the piece for you. To see these pieces and more call us at 212-644-4236, contact us, or visit our New York gallery.

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