The antique tea table was very popular from the late 17th Century to the Victorian era. Antique tea tables came in many different forms, some were small rectangular in shape, some small, round tilt-top design and some were in the side table style with a swivel top very similar to the antique card table. Antique tea tables were all about tea presentation, because tea was very expensive and was served whilst guests were visiting, so having a fine piece of furniture to serve it on was very important, a statement piece to show your wealth. These antique tables were put in a corner or side of a room and then when needed they were moved into the middle of the room sometimes on castors, for displaying their exotic teas. They would open up to double the size with two thick, figured leaves making a larger serving space, either using a swivel mechanism or by using a gate leg support. Mahogany was the main timber used but other exotic woods were used on more expensive pieces like rosewood or burr walnut. Have a look below at our lovely examples available for sale.
Tea Tables for sale
Below are a few examples of antique Tea Tables that we have sold, if any particular style looks of interest, let us know and we can try to find you something similar.
This charming Antique Regency Mahogany Tea Table / Console Table dates from circa 1830, this delightful table has a solid mahogany D shaped top with a moulded edge and swivels open to double the size, revealing a concealed games / cutlery compartment. This brilliant piece stands on four elegantly turned legs. This Antique Table has benefited from the usual minor repairs with age and use however this does not detract from it’s overall beauty. The mahogany has aged to a beautiful warm medium shade with a striking grain, good patina, is in very good condition and has been beautifully cleaned using a traditional form of wax finishing.
- Kathryn McDougall,
Thank you James, the chest of drawers delivered on many levels, one being true to photo and description, ( wouldn’t normally buy before I see the real thing), quick delivery by a very nice and considerate guy in a yellow van (we spotted him a mile away - literally). Also, the caring and professional way in which we are received when we contact you. I now need another chest of drawers similar to the first in order to finish the room - please contact me should anything suitable come your way. Many thanks.