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.
A William IV fold over mahogany games table, circa 1830, the squared table with a circular baize interior upon a faceted pedestal to a circular boss with fine upward scrolling feet. Height 74 cm. Length 92 cm. Width 45 cm. Extended length 91 cm
A Georgian oak gate leg table, the plain circular four plank top supported on traditional turned leg stretcher base. Good colour and patina. The single drawer at one end has been replaced. Diameter 95 cm, height 68 cm
Regency mahogany card table, with fold-over top above a turned support on a small circular base, raised on four down-swept legs with brass terminals. Height 75.5 cm. Width 91.5 cm. Depth 45.5 cm. Provenance: The Collection of Peggy Moore, NSW
1940's French Art Deco occasional table, circular top features an elaborate geometric inlay of walnut burl, Indian rosewood and Cirassian walnut set in maple burl and banded with Macassar ebony. Height 71 cm. Depth 73.5
A good George III mahogany tripod side table, the circular top of one piece of solid mahogany, snap fitting to the restrained turned column and tripod base with pad feet, good colour and patina. Diameter 72 cm, height 73 cm
A 19th century painted satinwood foldover tea table, demi lune in form folding out to a circular table, hand painted central classical scene with continous scroll work and garland border, 73 x 91 x 44.5 cm
A Victorian circular walnut sewing table. Second half 19th century, the circular table with thumb nail edging, and an inlaid floral motif in ebony and satinwood to the quarter veneer panelled top opening to a partitioned paper lined interior above a scallo
A good 19th century New Zealand colonial inlaid wine table, the circular top with geometric multi-star and cube pattern in various woods, thumb moulded edge, the turned rimu column on restrained scroll tripod base. Good colour and patina. Diameter 40 cm mm
A William IV mahogany work table, early 19th century, the circular table with a flame mahogany top, to a tapered drum with a velvet lined interior and a cover having four circular partitions, raised upon a knopped and reeded stem to a circular base with fo
A Georgian mahogany two tier tripod table, late 18th to early 19th century, the circular table with double reed edging, a cotton reel style ring turned pedestal to curved splayed legs. Height 100 cm diameter 60 cm
A Victorian tilt top mahogany occasional table, 19th century, the circular table raised on a ring turned stem to a tripod base with shaped splayed legs with knees to tapering feet. Height 69 cm diameter 75 cm
A small Sheraton Revival mahogany occasional table, circa 1900, the elegant circular table with a simple ribbon of coloured stringing above a skirt and raised upon slender tapering legs with spade style feet, United by upturned stretchers and a small confo
A mahogany William IV side table, circa 1820s-30s, the rectangular top with curved corners having two frieze drawers with twin turned handles, faux drawers to the opposite long side, raised on faceted tapering legs to circular bases with carved fold motifs
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