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Different Types of Tables & Desks

Until the mid-sixteenth century, when the frame table was introduced, most regularly used domestic tables were only roughly-made trestles. Refinements, such as draw-and flap-flop tables, which could be extended or contracted as desired, soon followed. Today, a variety of different occasional pieces or tea, cards gaming and display are available, as well as writing tables, and desks, ranging from small, elegant secretaires to tall bureau-bookcases.

Oak Frame Table

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(c. 1620) Good example of the solidly-built high table typical in the Tudor and Jacobean periods.

New England Butterfly Table

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(c. 1720) Graceful American Version of the gate-leg table,derives its name from the hinged top and movable supports.

Pembroke Table

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(c. 1790) Elegantly-styled table introduced by Hepplewhite and developed by Sheraton.

Regency Rosewood Table

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(c. 1820) Large circular table with tripod-shaped pedestal and Boulle decoration, popular throughout the period.

Art Nouveau Table

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(c. 1900) Tea table by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, in white enamelled wood with flattened legs and slender top.

Saarinen Table

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(1950) Pedestal table with white plastic laminate top and cast aluminium base, the first mass-produced “classic” using synthetic materials.

Parsons’ Table

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Simple and now ubiquitous American design for dining and occasional tables.

Wood and Glass Table

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Self-assembly table with X-framed wooden base and glass top.

Laminated Table

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Sleek design combines traditional pine with synthetic black laminate for a two-toned effect.

Marble Table

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Imposing table which retains its elegance despite the solid proportions.

Brazilwood Table

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Monumental table with unusual sculpted base.

Occasional Tables

Mahogany Pedestal Table

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(c. 1750) Free interpretation of French Rococo style with carved ornament; originally used as a candle stand.

American Console Table

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(c. 1800) Mahogany table from the Federal period with satinwood marquetry.

Circular Side Table

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(c. 1927) Chromed steel and glass table by Eileen Gray.

Clear-Glass Coffee Table

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Transparent, space-saving table with glass top and perspex base.

Marble Coffee Table

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Slab of marble on low marble base with neat, chamfered top.

Nest of Tables

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Bronze-framed, glass tables which tuck neatly under each other.

Arched Table

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Popular shape available in perspex, tavertine, marble and plain wood.

Desks

Dutch Bureau-Bookcase

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(c. 1720) Acting as both desk and bookcase, the design of this walnut piece is typical of the eighteenth century.

French Secretaire

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(c. 1765) This adaptable marquetry piece can be used as both table and desk; the front folds down, and the drawers pull up.

English Bonheur Du Jour

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(c. 1785) Gracefully-proportioned and simple adaptation of a French design.

Swedish Mahogany Bureau

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(c. 1792) English styles were admired by the Swedes during this period, as reflected inn this piece which still retains its own distinctive, solid appearance.

Mahogany Knee-Hole Desk

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(c. 1860) Popular variation on the massive, eighteenth century French pedestal or library tables.

English Davenport

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(c. 1900) Small desk with solid front, fold-down top and drawers at the side, ubiquitous at the turn of the century

Steel-Framed Desk

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Scandinavian-style, neat, steel-framed desk with laminate top edged in light oak.

Modern Knee-Hole Desk

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Large, leather-topped variation on the pedestal desk, with decorative steel banding on one side.

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