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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A circular marble top fruitwood occasional table, French, 19th century, with brass fret work gallery, drawers and slides within the frieze, 72 cm high, 62 cm diameter

A Victorian centre table of circular form with a marble top above scalloped carved frieze above a bulbous column on three flared carved out swept legs. 100 cm wide.

A circular walnut three tier occasional table. Maker W. H. Rocke & Co. Melbourne.

A Regency mahogany rent table, the circular top inset with tooled green leather above short drawers on a cylindrical turned pedestal, with three out swept legs terminating in brass caps and castors,130 cm diameter approx., 74 cm high. The Estate of Stanley

A Regency tilt top Cuban mahogany breakfast table, circular form on a carved tripod base with brass caps and castors, Circa 1810. Provenance: purchased in the 1960s from Connoisseurs Store. The Estate of Stanley Crawford

Oak gate leg table, the circular top above a gate leg base, height 76 cm width 121 c m depth 121 cm

A small Edwardian mahogany occasional table, early 1900s, the circular table with cross banded edges, satinwood and ebony stringing, a small undertier below supported on a quartet of gently curved stretchers, and raised on slender and tapering square secti

An Art Deco circular beech occasional table, in the Rulhmann style, 20th century, 75 cm high, 60 cm diameter

A Georgian oak tilt-top circular country wine table, the plain three plank top on slender baluster column support with tripod base and pad feet. good colour and patina. Diameter 67 cm, height 72 cm

A marble top gilt brass mounted ebonised circular coffee table, Italian, circa 1920, 53 cm high, 96 cm diameter

A fine Regency rosewood circular table with brass inlay, English, early 19th century, 70 cm high, 120 cm diameter

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

A Louis XVI style gilt metal gueridon, French 20th century, circular black fossil marble top, 69 cm high, 71 cm diameter

A Louis XVI style gilt metal gueridon, French 20th century, circular black fossil marble top, 69 cm high, 71 cm diameter

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 circular French walnut marble top coffee table. 52 cm high, 61 cm diameter.

A French circular walnut and marble top two tier table. 75 cm high, 43 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

Australian Art Deco burr walnut veneer table, the circular shaped table with glass top, height 57 cm diameter 62 cm

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