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.
Antique dining table, 10 chairs and a side table*Delivered at 3 minutes past nine. I’m impressed!It looks very good in the position we had chosen – we are very pleased with it.Thank youAndrew
- John and Jan,
Hello James,Just a line to let you know we’re thrilled to bits with the table, the finish is perfect. Do pass on our thanks to those concerned for a job well done, we are very pleased with results of their hard work. Likewise your delivery lads, they were efficient and mindful of their cargo and our home too. We continue to look on your website of course, and will definitely drop by and have a cuppa with you when we’re back in lovely Lancashire :)!With our best regards to you,John and Jan
- Andrew & Alison,
James, just a quick mail to say thank you for your service and help yesterday. The table got back to Chester in one piece and is now assembled in the sitting room looking splendid!We will keep a watchful eye on your web site – we would be very happy to journey up to Clitheroe again should you have any pieces that would find a home at Church Cottage. Many thanks again, and best wishes. Andrew & Alison