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.
Very Fine Quality 19th Century Antique Centre Table / Breakfast Table Made Of Goncalez Alves
Outstanding quality 19th century William IV period circular centre table or breakfast table. This wonderful table is made from highly sought after goncales alves timber. Gonçales alves is characterised by its deeply striped grain pattern, it was very expensive and was used almost exclusively by Gillows of Lancaster and London. Unusually for a table of any period, this table is constructed using very high quality mahogany for the construction, not only of the underside of the top but also for the structure of the block and H frames too. The carving is restrained and minimal and what is there is crisply carved. The concave pedestal is beautifully formed and the whole table is perfectly balanced with elegant narrow frieze, slender pedestal and fine molding throughout. The narrow frieze means lots of lovely knee room and at nearly five feet wide this table is large enough to fit six people comfortably, or a friendly squeeze for eight.
English circa 1830 £4800
142cm / 56" wide
74cm / 29" high
Antique Centre Table / Library Table
Antique centre table / library table of octagonal form. This table has drawers on four sides which are set into an elegantly thin frieze which allows for plenty of leg room. The oak is top quality with medullary rays in the solid timber and burr oak with crossbanding on the top. The construction is excellent with precision dovetails and thin drawer linings made from dense grained solid oak. The carving is crisp and precise and the scale, height and overall proportions make this one of the most elegant versions of its genre that we have seen for a long time.
English circa 1850 £5,800
130cm / 51" wide
74cm / 29" high
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 Breakfast Table / Centre Table
George III period oval mahogany antique breakfast table / antique centre table. This table has a central pedestal support with four legs, which we prefer to three, for stability as well as symmetry. The central column and lack of frieze means lots of lovely leg room.
The design of the legs is quite unusual, comprising a flowing reeded design which gives an organic flow to the leg shape. Also unusual is that the reeding is on the sides as well as the top surface of the legs.
The top of the table is remarkable in that it is made of two sheets of mahogany which run the full length of the top and must have been cut from a very large section. The side of the top is also reeded and the edge of the top is crossbanded all around.
English circa 1790 £3,800
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