The Antique Console Table originally only had two front legs and was permanently attached to the wall. These magnificent tables were used to decorate the hall or a formal reception room. Antique console tables were part of the architecture of the room and decorated to match with ormolu or gilded finish along with intricate carvings. They originated from France and Italy in the 17th Century but became fashionable in Britain in the 18th Century. It was during the late Georgian and Regency periods that these quality antique tables became free standing, constructed made from solid figured timbers like Mahogany, Oak or more interesting woods such as Rosewood or ‘mirrored’ Burr Walnut. Antique console tables were expensive pieces of furniture especially in the Pier table design. This is where a console table would have a pier mirror above to reflect light into the room. Mirrored Glass was extremely expensive with a very high tax to stop it being imported into Britain, so only the very wealthy could afford such a special piece of antique furniture. The Victorian and Edwardian eras brought great demand in well designed console and side tables, in smaller sizes so are more easily placed in modern homes. The antique console table provides the perfect opportunity to own something that truly is unusual while still bringing a sense of history and mystique from the past. Have a look below at our lovely examples available for sale or to see our full collection click here.