Learn about Breakfast Table

From the 16th to the 18th century, breakfast and supper were generally eaten in the bedroom or small parlour, so early examples of breakfast tables are small. As defined by Chippendale in the 'Director', third edition the breakfast table was a small four legged table with two hinged flaps to extend the top, making it easy to unobtrusivly store when not in use, and sometimes with fretwork decoration to the stretchers. In the late 18th century and early 19th century, breakfast became a more sociable affair, and the breakfast table morphed into a circular table in mahogany, rosewood or highly figured walnut with a tilt-top, on a single pedestal base. The same table could also be called a supper table, but not a loo table, as they are generally oval in shape.

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George III mahogany Piecrust supper table on carved vase shaped column and acanthus top and toe scroll legs

A pine circular occasional table, English, 19th century, 74 cm high, 91 cm diameter

An Intricate Australian specimen timber parquetry table, circa 1920’s, the circular table with a stepped cushion apron above four cabriole legs, the table top and apron finely inlaid with a quaternary knot, chevron and geometric borders, feather band

A Victorian burr walnut fold over games table, 19th century, the serpentine shaped table opening to a circular green baize interior above a carved and cup form knopped pedestal with four curvaceous splayed legs embellished with relief carved leaf decoratio

A fine and imposing burr elm William IV centre table, circa 1830’s, the finely inlaid table upon an oak carcass with a shallow skirt and carved leaf border raised on a tapering faceted pedestal to an extravagant circular base richly carved with lappet and

A Victorian walnut work table of circular form, the hinged top concealing a fitted interior, on trumpet column with carved out swept legs. 73 cm high, 47.5 cm diameter

A Regency mahogany dropside breakfast table. 69 cm high, 106 cm wide, 91 cm deep.

An early cedar breakfast table with carved roundels and tongue decoration, New South Wales origin, circa 1840, 76 cm high, 105 cm diameter

A George III mahogany tilt top wine table, the plain circular top above cylindrical column base on three down-swept legs with pad feet, 81 diameter x 70 cm high

A Georgian apprentice tilt top miniature supper table, rosewood and mahogany veneer on pine, 17 cm high, 18 cm diameter

A single pedestal circular breakfast table, 104 x 76 cm

A flame mahogany circular pedestal side table with marquetry border., 61 x 61 x 73 cm

A Victorian supper table, rosewood and standing on shaped tripod base. Height 74 cm, diameter 121 cm

An early-19th century foldover supper table, with chamfered legs and fret worked brackets (one damaged) to the front legs. Walnut. Height 73.5 cm, width 79 cm, Depth 39 cm

A Queen Anne oak side table, with plain pegged top and four tapering circular section legs, the single drawer has been divided into at a later date. 66 cm x 44 cm x 70 cm

A Victorian mahogany breakfast table, the circular top with moulded edges, raised on scrolling tripod base. Diameter 137 cm

A late Victorian figured walnut supper table, with marquetry decoration, on four ring turn columns with out swept carved legs, 68 cm high, 90 cm long, 53 cm wide

A satinwood inlaid rosewood circular games table, English, 19th century 71 cm high, 68 cm diameter

A George III oak circular tilt top table on tripod base, circa 1780, 84 cm high, 73 cm diameter and a small rectangular tripod table, 53 cm high, 60 cm wide, 49 cm deep

Georgian mahogany wine table, 19th century, the circular top over a tripod base, height 52 cm diameter 32.7 cm

Louis XVI style ormolu mounted round side table, late 19th century, the circular top with trellis pattern mother-of-pearl inlay, over four tapered fluted legs joined by a shaped low shelf, on brass castors, height 73 cm width 76 cm

Thomas Griffiths Inlaid timber supper table, Mount Tamborine, Queensland, early 20th century, 76 cm high, 96 cm square

William IV cedar tilt top circular supper table with platform base and carved claw feet, New South Wales origin, 72 cm high, 136 cm diameter

A cedar circular occasional table with platform base and baluster shaped column, circa 1845, 65 cm high, 53 cm diameter

An Australian cedar occasional table with circular barley twist column and bullseye carved roundels, circa 1845, 72 cm high, 61 cm diameter

An Anglo Indian rosewood tilt top table, the plain circular top above a turned and reeded campagna column and triform base with reeded scroll feet, 102 diameter x 77 cm high. Condition: split and marks to top, stabalising strut added to underneath of top,

A circular topped occasional table on four bobbin turned legs, 76 x 52 x 52 cm

A mahogany William IV breakfast table , circa 1830s. The circular table in deep tones with bull nose edging above a shallow skirt, supported on an octagonal pedestal to a concave triangular base with generous reeded volute feet and small recessed casters.

A circular marble top, painted and gilded centre table, in the Baroque style, French, 20th century, 72 cm high, 90 cm diameter

A circular wine table raised on a gilt branch tripod base, 69 cm high, 61 cm diameter

A French black lacquer circular occasional table decorated with cockerels, 66 cm high, 61 cm diameter

A 1860's Australian cedar centre pedestal breakfast table, 75 x (d) 124 cm

A circular specimen marble occasional table, French, 19th century, approx 90 cm high, 45 cm diameter

A French Louis XVI style circular walnut sunburst top occasional table. 66 cm high, 48.5 cm diameter

A George II oak circular tilt top table supported on a central column and three splay legs. 70 cm diameter

A William IV mahogany platform based centre table, with a circular tilt top, above a lappet carved standard, bun feet, 135 cm diameter x 74 cm high

A Victorian walnut card table with carved frieze above carved circular column and concave base

A Victorian marquetry inlaid burr walnut circular occasional table; 68cm high, 53cm diameter

A Louis XV style circular pressed metal marble topped occasional table; 46 cm diameter, 51 cm high

A Regency plum-pudding mahogany breakfast table, circa 1820, the tilting rounded rectangular top with moulded edge and shallow frieze raised on a turned pedestal and four out-swept reeded legs with brass caps and castors. Height 72 cm. Length 152 cm. Width