Antique Breakfast Tables, Antique Drum Tables, Antique Centre Tables
This page has a selection of our stock of antique breakfast tables, centre tables and drum tables. Unlike a rectangular antique dining table, an antique breakfast table was usually never usually intended to seat many people at once. In larger houses a breakfast table of up to 5 feet diameter may have only seated four people, wheras today we would squeeze eight people at the same size table. This may be something to do with the idea that at breakfast guests could arrive when ready, wheras dinner would be arranged for a specific time. Becuase of this, not all of these round tables are necessarily breakfast tables. In fact many of the antique tables on this page could well have been ordered as loo tables, a library table, or as a centre table for an entrance hall or drawing room. Please contact us with any questions and to find out about our stock that may not be on the website.
19th Century George IV Period Mahogany Antique Extending Breakfast Dining Table
19th century George IV period mahogany antique extending breakfast dining table standing on central four splay base. This is an extremely strong and versatile dining table which can be adjusted to seat from four up to a comfortable twelve (or fourteen with either two at each end or one at each end without side plates). The leaves can be stored inside the table itself which is extremely rare for a table of this period and is quite an achievement when the sheer size and weight of the leaves is taken into consideration. The timber used for this table is second to none, it is a dense grained, slow growing mahogany with excellent grain pattern and beautiful parallel lines. The leaves are original thank goodness, as this size of leaf is very hard to find and extremely expensive to replace nowadays. The discrepancy between the colour of the leaves and the table ends will no longer be evident following restoration, so please do not worry about that.
This table represents a remarkable feat of engineering, as it has to be designed specifically to take the weight of the leaves which are unsupported at the ends, but also has to be manufactured to a very high tolerance in order to eradicate the natural movement in the mechanism which a legged table would be able to get away with. I could go on, but in conclusion would like to say that this is a really special table, wonderful timber, a fantastic design and it is really impressive both visually and from a constructional standpoint.
English circa 1830 £16500
11 18 03
60" / 153cm long closed
135¾" / 344cm long max
54" / 137cm wide
28½" / 72cm high
26½" / 67cm
26½" / 67cm
22¼" / 57cm
Early 20th Century Freestanding Rosewood Antique Centre Table
Very fine quality early 20th century antique centre table made of exceptional quality timber and with very intricate inlay. This table was a wedding present for the original owner and has been in the same family ever since. At a time when a lot of furniture was mass produced, very fine quality furniture of this sort had become impossibly expensive. This represents the last period of truly great cabinetmaking before centuries of knowledge were lost in the war along with the skilled craftspeople, great furniture companies and the wonderful timbers that went with them. This is a really fine table, the price of which in no way reflects its true value. The timber alone would now cost more to buy than the table itself. This table is freestanding with the same decoration to all sides.
English circa 1910 £450
69cm / 27¼" deep
70cm / 27½" wide
75cm / 29½" high
Early 19th Century Regency Mahogany Antique Breakfast Table
Early 19th century Regency mahogany antique breakfast table. This antique dining table is a very fine example of the period having a elegant four splay base with good quality brass caps and casters, the mahogany is a bookmatched quarter cut top with symmetrical grain and with satin wood cross banding around the top. The timber is of such fine quality that even the underside of the top has the same wonderful grain pattern as the top. At the moment the colour has faded to a desirable golden colour and this can be preserved by waxing or totally repolished to a darker colour as required. The original colour can be seen in the photographs of the reverse. The top can be brought back to the original colour, or various degrees of fading can be preserved as part of the conservation process. Restoration can be carried out in our own workshops to make sure that the work is carried out to the highest standard. A square breakfast table will accommodate more diners that a round one of the same width and also has the advantage of seating those opposite more closely than a round table with a similar seating capacity.
English circa 1810 £2800
02 18 09
73cm / 28½" high
115cm / 45" wide
137cm / 54" long
18th Century George III Period Mahogany Antique Breakfast Table
18th century George III period mahogany antique breakfast table. This table is very elegant having a slender turned column support, it stands on four outswept legs and has stringing around the edge of the top. There is no frieze so there is a lot of leg room for anyone sitting at it. Being square this table seats more people than an equivalent sized circular table and also means that it can be used as a library table as well as a breakfast table or centre table. The timber chosen is an especially fine cut of mahogany with no joins across the entire surface. It will be a really good colour when the restorers have buffed it with natural beeswax.
English circa 1790 £3800
117cm / 46" deep
170cm / 67" wide
72½cm / 28½" high
18th Century George III Period Mahogany Antique Library Drum Table
This is a very fine quality 18th century antique library 'drum' table. This library table has a rotating top which means lots of work spread over the writing surface can be accessed by simply spinning the top. The mahogany used to make this library table is a very fine cut with interesting grain pattern. Although pale in the photos, the timber will be good deep colour when our restorers have finished buffing with natural beeswax. Please let us know the depth of colour required for the top, as it can be left pale if this fits the application. This is one of the best drum tables we have seen for a while, with good early outstretched four splay base and moulding on the legs which runs into the shape of the caster caps. The top surface has crossbanding around the outside. The edge of the top has good close reeded edge typical of the pre Regency period of Georgian furniture design.
English, circa 1790 £4800
Measures: 30" / 76cm high
47" / 120cm wide.
48" / 122cm deep
Antique Breakfast / Centre Table
Large scale mahogany centre table or breakfast table. This table has the double depth edge typical of the Dublin makers of the time, this adds strength as well as elegance. The base is a well drawn four splay with stylised leaf on the knee and good long legs ending in brass caster cups with a bit of gilding still in place. Based on a calculation of twenty two inches of table per dinner guest and using some GCSE maths, this table will seat eight guests.
Irish circa 1825 £7,800
06 14 05
74cm / 29" high
148cm / 58½" wide
Antique Extending Breakfast Dining Table
Antique extending breakfast table with removable leaf to fold down to a circle. Good solid and versatile table with lots of leg room.
English circa 1840 £3,800
04 14 02
48" long min
67" long max
Huge Rare Round Oak Antique Extending Dining Table
Extremely rare oak extending dining table in the manner of those patented by Jupe, this one probably made by Gillow of Lancester and London with original concentric extending mechanism, original ebonised leaves and original leaf carrier, this table extends to 13 feet diameter with a circumference of around 40 feet and can seat up to 18-20 people. It is 6'6" in diameter with the leaves removed to seat 10 people. Unusually for a circular antique dining table, this table has three sets of leaves to give four different sizes of 6"6 wide, 116" wide, 138" wide and 13' maximum.
English circa 1860 £130,000
The underside of the table bears a paper label titled "Sir E.S.W." for Sir Ernest Salter Wills the third Baronet of Hazelwood and Clapton in Gordano.
The table was originally made for Littlecote House near Hungerford in Berkshire:
History of Littlecote House
The original manor house with the deer park dates from around 1290 and was later rebuilt and extended around 1520. It was at Littlecote that Henry VIII courted Jane Seymour and they married at Wulf Hall nearby in 1536.
Queen Elizabeth I was received at Littlecote in 1601 by which time further additions had been made, including The Long Gallery, and the early medieval hall had been converted into a Chapel. During the Civil War Littlecote became a Cromwellian stronghold, but when Charles II was returned to the throne in 1660 the family received a Royal Pardon and entertained the King to ‘a costly dinner’ during his progress to Bath. On the way to London to claim the throne in 1688, William of Orange stayed for two nights after meeting with the Commissioners of King James II.
With the arrival of the 18th century Littlecote enjoyed more peaceful times, and restoration work around 1810 led to the building of The Orangery and The Chinese Room whilst the landscaped gardens were extensively restored.
Remains have been found showing there was a Bronze Age settlement at Littlecote. Recently, the foundations of a Roman Villa with a well preserved highly decorative mosaic floor was discovered in the grounds, showing that the site was inhabited before the original manor house was built in medieval times.
For a similar table, but smaller and with only two sets of leaves, see Sotheby's Important English Furniture sale (Horlick Collection), 5th June 2007, Lot 251 sold for £90,000.
Another smaller table with one set of leaves sold at Brightwell's of Leominster in Herefordshire on the 5th February 2004, Lot 1221 sold for £77,500.
19th Century Mahogany Writing Table / Dining Table
Very rare and unusual all original early nineteeth century writing table or library table which extends to take two additional leaves to receive large documents, architects drawings or reference books, this is useful in a library or as a very elegant centre table, but also would be a very practical dining table to which will seat six when extended, this table is exceptionally well made with precision dovetails, excellent joints, a drawer as well as extending mechanism, the whole piece made of the most wonderful dense grained cuban mahogany
English circa 1830 £4,800
03 10 08
It is 29.5" tall and the size of the top is as follows
45" by 27" when down, each leaf is 18" to make it 45" by 45" with one leaf or
45" by 63" with both leaves
William IV mahogany extending antique breakfast table
Unusual and versatile William IV mahogany extending antique breakfast table. This table is circular when the leaves are removed and either or both of the leaves can be inserted to seat more, while the base remains fixed. The top is 46.5" by 47" wide the mechanism extends to 79.5" English circa 1835 £8,800