Antique Breakfast Tables
This page has a selection of our stock of antique breakfast tables. Unlike antique dining tables, these breakfast tables were 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. Not all of these 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.
18th Century George III Period Antique 'Drum' Library 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. This particular table has five drawers, one more than the usual number. The other three are false drawers, which is necessary in order to have parallel drawer sides. The alternative to parallel drawers would be to have a triangular drawer, which is usually a disaster as a triangular drawer is inclined to move sideways and fall out when opened. So how does the fifth drawer in this table work, I hear you ask. Well, it is a triangle, as you can see from the photographs, but in this case the triangular drawer has a runner in the centre underneath which stops it from moving sideways and therefore falling out. The other nice touch is that the fifth drawer has a space for pens. The top rotates using leather bound casters for smooth and silent running. 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. The leather is faded across three quarters of the surface, please let us know whether you would like the leather to be conserved or replaced. This is one of the best drum tables we have seen for a while, with good early outstretched four splay base, early type of Georgian reeding to the legs, oak lined drawers and traces of the original gilding on the caster caps.
English circa 1790 £5,800
29½" / 75cm high
45½" / 116cm wide
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 four different sizes, 6"6 wide, 116" wide, 138" wide and 13' maximum.
English circa 1860 £130,000
The table was originally made for Littlecote House 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.
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
Regency style mahogany breakfast table
Regency style breakfast table made of very fine book matched segments of mahogany on the top with solid mahogany base with a good generous four splay with reeded column support £4,000
28 1/2" high
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