Antique Nest of Tables

antique nest of tables

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.

Styles of Antique Nest of Tables

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.

gillows nest of tables

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.

Antique Mahogany Nesting Tables.

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.

Spectacular Nest of Three Victorian Rich Rosewood Tables

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.

Nest of Three Painted Antique Satinwood Tables

2 Comments. Leave new

  • Anne Whitfield
    August 13, 2022 5:24 pm

    Please could you let me know the height and price of the first nest of tables that come up on your web site.
    Thank you.

    • Hi
      Sorry this set is sold. We do get similar in stock so if you like I can let you know when the next set comes in?
      Many thanks


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