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 French Empire ormolu mounted mahogany circular centre table with green marble top, circa 1810, above a frieze with applied griffins, and anthemion flanked rosettes, on four bold winged caryatids, supported by tapering legs on lion paw feet and stretcher
A Regency mahogany rent table, the circular top inset with tooled green leather above short drawers on a cylindrical turned pedestal, with three out swept legs terminating in brass caps and castors,130 cm diameter approx., 74 cm high. The Estate of Stanley
A Regency tilt top Cuban mahogany breakfast table, circular form on a carved tripod base with brass caps and castors, Circa 1810. Provenance: purchased in the 1960s from Connoisseurs Store. The Estate of Stanley Crawford
A small Edwardian mahogany occasional table, early 1900s, the circular table with cross banded edges, satinwood and ebony stringing, a small undertier below supported on a quartet of gently curved stretchers, and raised on slender and tapering square secti
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
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