The Antique Occasional Table, comes in many different form built for a variety of uses, dating as far back as the 17th Century. Some of the earliest form were used to hold a candle on the top. They were mainly in the form of the antique tripod table. They were small, so could be easily carried around and usually made in oak, fruit-wood or elm.
During the Georgian period, wine drinking was at the height of fashion so elegant antique wine tables were made, standing on three splayed legs and a circular top, the best being made from one piece of solid Mahogany. They were made to tilt with a tilting mechanism, so could be easily placed away when not in use.
The Georgian and Victorians also loved to drink tea, so little decorative antique tea tables were made by cabinet makers to fulfil this new trend. Although many were in the tripod design, cabinet makers came up with new ideas to make them more interesting. Tea tables had to be one of the finest pieces of furniture, as this was a show piece for guests to see. Only the best timbers were used from figured walnut to the more striking rosewood.
During the Edwardian period, a few new designs were made to fulfil the new modern living. First was the antique lamp table, made slightly taller and usually inlaid. The other was a neat design of a nesting or nest of tables. These sweet, little tables came as a set of three or four, that was sued for serving drinks or refreshments. When finished, they slot together into one smaller table, so ideal for the Edwardian home as they were smaller than the previous Victorian properties.
Below are a few examples of previously sold antique occasional tables but if any particular style looks of interest please let us know as we do get many similar designs in stock and we can try to locate something similar.
Superb William IV Antique Rosewood Occasional Table / Wine Table. It is with great pleasure we offer for sale this striking antique rosewood occasional table dating from around 1835 in the William IV period. It has an octagonal shaped moulded top with superb figuring and small gallery which benefits from a brass plate beneath the top rail to make it very stable. Workmanship like this shows great pride and skill in its construction, usually only demonstrated by a true craftsman. The table stands on an elegantly turned pedestal having a four leaf clover design at its base along with beautifully scrolled feet. The table has benefitted from some skilled restoration work at some point making it a very sturdy. In summary it is a very unusual and beautiful piece that could grace any living space with its presence!
Quality Regency Rosewood Antique Side Occasional Table.
This beautiful rosewood antique side table is a lovely example of quality Regency craftsmanship dating from around 1835. It consists of two tiers, both displaying delightful figuring and decorative boxwood and ebony banding. Four carefully turned upright supports frame the whole piece which also has a lower drawer with brass handles and cock beading. The table sits on four brass cup castors and the rosewood has aged to a wonderful rich medium shade whose grain is all the more decorative.
Fine Quality, Regency Antique Solid Mahogany Circular Occasional / Wine Table. This Fine Quality Regency Antique Solid Mahogany Circular Occasional / Wine table dates from circa, 1830. It has a beautifully figured one piece solid Mahogany top that tilts on the original brass mechanism. This beautiful table sits on a beautifully turned central pedestal with splayed legs and pad feet and has aged to a rich warm shade of mahogany with a striking grain, good patina, is in very good condition and has been beautifully cleaned using a traditional form of wax finishing.