Antique nests of tables or also known as ‘nesting tables’ are not only very versatile but also very pretty pieces of furniture to look at. Antique nest of tables were first illustrated by Sheraton in his Cabinet Directory of 1803 described as ‘Quartetto tables’ stated ‘they are useful for needlework’. The furniture designer George Smith in 1808 described them as ‘the ideal tables for serving refreshments’. Antique nest of tables were made throughout the 19th Century Victorian and Edwardian periods in three main timbers, Mahogany, Walnut and on rare occasions figured Rosewood. They were made by renowned makers such as Maple & Co and Waring & Gillows of Lancaster with either three or four tables that nest together beautifully when not in use. Each Table would be beautifully figured, sometimes inlaid with satinwood cross banding and boxwood string inlay. They will stand on elegant turned upright supports and splayed feet. The best examples having cross stretchers for added stability. There uses can be for small drinks tables when guests are in your home to a side or lamp table. Here at Driscolls Antiques we get some really lovely examples for sale and if you visit our antique tables page you can see our full selection along with lots of other quality tables. We have also listed a small selection below in different designs and woods.
Nest Of Tables for sale
Some previous examples we have sold include this quality Waring & Gillows nest of Mahogany Antique Tables dating from around 1930. The set not only retains the original makers stamp but also a presentation badge on behalf of the Duke of Lancaster Masonic Lodge No. 1353 to an individual for services rendered.
This superb antique set of four nesting tables of relatively tall proportions are made from Mahogany. They all have elegantly turned legs with splayed feet and a cross stretcher for added stability. They have also been stamped ‘G.L.’. This beautiful antique nesting tables are a superb example of quality Edwardian furniture, the set of four being even more versatile than the usual set of three.
By cabinet makers C.B Chapman, Upholsterer & Co New Market, this set is extremely rare, made out of Rosewood and date from around 1860. Each of the tables has a beautifully figured top with slight moulded edge above elegant turned supports, moulded scrolled brackets and scrolled feet.
This striking Burr Walnut Antique Nest of Three Tables date from ca. 1910 and are in a graduating design. The top table is Kidney Shaped and the tops are in a stunning figured burr walnut with moulded edges, they have splayed legs and cross stretchers.
These Painted Satinwood Tables still retain the furnishers label of “Allen & Appleyard” from Liverpool. All the tables have shaped moulded tops with decorative painted floral designs and stand on turned tapered supports. They rest on splayed legs which also display a delicately painted floral design.
Everything was handled in a perfect way. My table arrived in Germany well packed and in perfect condition as described. Nice contact. Thank you!
Hi James, This is just to say that I received the nest of 3 mahogany tables last Saturday, and am very pleased with them. We put them to use immediately, and my granddaughter very much enjoyed organising them and explaining how they work. Many thanks – hope all is well with you. Heather
Andy Lowe – Small Sofa Table,
Excellent and friendly service from a very genuine company, oh and the furniture is also of the highest standard! Many thanks for your help, I would always recommend you to friends.