Antique Regency tables date from the period of 1800 to 1830 and are highly sought after. During this era, it was fashionable to copy old classical furniture styles of Egyptian, Roman and Greek with their mythical creatures and elegant styling. Cabinet makers of Regency tables introduced these classical forms in their design with out-swept sabre legs, ornamented with carved lion paw feet and intricate brass inlays. Mahogany was the main timber used during this period but the more elaborate and expensive pieces were made from exotic woods like veneered Rosewood or Zebra-wood in a highly french polished finish. They were still made, skilfully by hand with the use of small hand held carpentry tools and finished using shellac and oils. The Regency table is still quite simple with clean smooth lines but have a slightly more decorative edge, ideal for most interiors offering that wow factor! With a one off show piece. Here at Antiques world, we offer fine examples of furniture from the Regency period from a dining table to smaller side or games table, beautifully restored but still retaining the original charm and character. Have a look below at our lovely examples available for sale or to see our full collection click here.
Regency Tables for sale
If you’re looking for an antique Regency table, make sure you increase your chances of buying something well made in a style that will look spectacular in your home. To do that, here’s what you need to know:
What are the Most Common Styles?
Regency furniture moved from the common Rococo style of the early Georgian period into the Neoclassical period towards the end of the 18th and early 19th century. As a result, most Regency tables were simple shapes, with striking moulded features such as rounded reeded corners and straight edges. Commonly, they were also engraved with leaf and animal imagery, like acanthus leaf carvings or lion or paw carved feet, so look out for details.
What are the Most Common Woods Used?
Many popular regency tables were crafted from Mahogany or Oak whereas the more rare are in a figured Rosewood, so keep an eye out for these materials when shopping. These woods can be quite dark in colour, and heavy in weight, and are immediately recognisable in antique stores or vintage furniture stores.
What are the Most Common Constructions?
The most common construction on tables of this period would be solid wood with decorative veneering on top along with fine string inlay, the best being in brass. The tops of the tables are sturdy are firmly fixed so ideal for everyday use. Pedestals and tripods were used along with hinged tilting tops. Dining tables were solid, some with a pull out mechanism, ideal if you have for guests for dining.