Learn about Nest of Tables

A set of three or more small occasional tables of graduated height, each one of which fits comfortably inside the other when not in use. Invented during the 18th century, they remain popular to the present day. Nests of tables of the Georgian and Victorian period are scarce, and consequently command high prices. But the form became fashionable again after 1900 and up until the present day, and there are multiple designs available. Australian made examples rarely exist prior to 1900. A nest comprising four tables is called a quartetto.
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A fine nest of three George IV rosewood tables, English, circa 1825 one for woolwork, one for games and one occasional, the largest 69 cm high, 47 cm wide and 34 cm deep. Provenance: Christie's Melbourne 2002 March lot 190

A Jon Jansen nest of three tables in mahogany, with clashed edge. Original Jon Jansen label affixed to underside of largest table, circa 1960. Height 43 cm. Width 68 cm D38 cm

A quartetto set of Art-Deco blackwood tables each of rectangular form with stringing on square tapering supports. Width 41 cm. Length 56 cm. Height 67 cm