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 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

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

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 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 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 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

Victorian rosewood circular occasional table the brass galleried top inset with a botanical watercolour on fluted column support with scroll legs.

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

A pair of French Empire style circular mahogany and marble top side tables. 75 cm high, 50 cm diameter

A French kingwood circular sunburst top side table. 53 cm high, 50 cm diameter

A French kingwood and floral marquetry circular side table. 51 cm high, 59 cm diameter

A small circular marble top coffee table. 19 cm high, 28 cm diameter

A circular Art Deco occasional table, 67 cm high. 62 cm diameter

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 circular silver giltwood marble top table, continental, 19/20th century, 79 high, 120 diameter

Modernist side table circular two tier modernist ebonised side table Netherlands, c. 1930s. 60 cm high, 80 cm wide, 80 cm deep

Wine table Primitive style tripod based circular table France, c. 1900s. 65 cm high, 56 cm wide, 56 cm deep

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 small circular string inlaid mahogany occasional table, 20th century. 72 cm high, 51 cm diameter

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 French marble top circular table. 50 cm high, 50 cm diameter.

A circular marble top tripod based wine table with brass gallery. 60 cm high.

A French Louis XVI style circular kingwood and marble top side table. 73 cm high, 36 cm diameter.

A French marble top circular table. 80 cm high,39 cm diameter.

A George III cricket table, of circular form with a plank top on square supports with under shelf. 68 cm high,72 cm diameter.

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

An 18th century Chippendale double fold over card table/supper table. 75 cm high, 87 cm wide, 84 cm deep (when open). Rare

A small circular cedar tilt-top supper table, supported on turned column & tripod base. Circa 1890s. 72 cm high, 94 cm diameter

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

A Georgian period mahogany tilt-top small supper table, of plain oblong shape with rounded corners, on elegant turned pedestal support with oak tripod base. Surface marks. 81 cm x 70 cm x 74 cm

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