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.
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
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
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 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 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
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