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 nest of occasional tables, Italian, mid 20th century, 41 cm high, 51.5 cm wide, 34 cm deep

Nest of 3 teak sleigh leg side tables made in Denmark. Largest being 43 cm wide, 310 deep, 42 cm high.

A nest of four quartetto glass top coffee tables. 65 cm-72 cm high.

Antique French walnut string inlay quartetto of tables, of kidney shape, approx 73 cm high, 57cm wide and smaller (4)

A nest of three Chinoiserie black lacquered occasional tables 19th century rectangular, each painted in red and gilt with pagodas, ho ho birds and cherry trees, above turned supports with a bowed stretcher, the largest 42.5 x 71.5 x 27.5 cm

Teak nest of occasional tables. Table with three enclosed folding occasional tables. Height 38 cm. Diameter 41 cm Wt. 60 cm

A nest of mahogany quartetto tables, in graduated sizes, each rectangular with curved stretcher. Overall width 50 cm

A nest of four cross-banded mahogany occasional tables. Height 70 cm, width 57 cm, depth 37 cm.

Giolio Stoppino nest of three side tables for Kartell made in Australia

An Edwardian nest of four mahogany tables. Height 72 cm. Width 56 cm. Depth 38 cm

A late Victorian nest of side tables in distressed ebonised bamboo. Height 69 cm. Width 50 cm. Depth 32 cm

Quartetto of French Empire style walnut tables, each with parquetry top, cross banded and strung, ormolu beaded edge below stylized acanthus on ring turned and fluted legs. 71 cm high

Antique occasional table, (part nest) with Chinoiserie decoration, (1)

Vintage nest of tables with glass tops and ball & claw feet

Gilt metal nest of tables, Italian c. 1960, together with a circular side table with tripod base (2). Height 48 cm 43 cm 40 cm, side table height 56 cm

Nest of four teak coffee tables with brass string inlay and decoration

A nest of four Chinoiserie decorated tables, English, circa 1850. 70 cm high, 52 cm wide and 35 cm deep

A nest of three mahogany occasional tables with circular fruitwood strung top. Overall diameter 43 cm

A nest of three Florentine occasional tables, gilt and cream. Overall width 58 cm

A nest of three gilt metal based rectangular side table with a onyx inset tops, largest 55 x 44 x 34.5 cm

Set of antique poker work decorated walnut quarto tables, decorted with sprays of flowers and foliage (4)

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