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Antique Writing Tables

Here is a selection of antique writing tables and library tables. There is some crossover between this page and the items on other pages, so do check the sofa tables page and the breakfast tables page, for instance, and of course do email us with any questions or if you can not find what you are looking for. Please click on images to enlarge

Important 19th Century Rosewood Antique Library Table

This is a very good antique library table dating from the William IV Period of the 19th century. It has all the things one could wish for in a library table; elegant end supports, fine carving, good golden brown rosewoood, mahogany drawer linings, precision dove tails and Brahma locks. There is a high cross rail to give strength without getting in the way of knees and there are two drawers hidden in the shallow frieze. This table is freestanding so it looks the same all round, aside from the escutcheons which appear only on one side. This library table is narrow front to back so would be very useful as a sofa table or side table. This is a tremendous piece of furniture which has to be seen to be appreciated.

English circa 1830-1837 £3,800

145cm / 57" long
73cm / 28½" high
71cm / 28" deep

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

05 17 05

29½" / 75cm high
45½" / 116cm wide

Regency Amboyna Library Table

This is a charming antique writing table made of very expensive amboyna wood. The timber is a great colour, the drawers are lined with oak, there are good dovetails and a very good quality new green leather or skiver on the top. There are two drawers in the frieze which unsually have one key to fit both locks meaning that both locks are probably original.

English circa 1820 £2,800
06 16 05

34" / 87cm wide
21" / 53cm deep
28" / 71cm high

Gothic Antique Library Table

Very rare 19th century writing table of particularly fine form standing on two slender supports with very thin platform base. The base is carved with c-scrolls, there are turned bun feet with casters hidden beneath. The supports are square in section with coffering and carving in the Gothic manner. The top is thin with plenty of knee room, the surface is quarter cut ash with ebony stringing. The edge of the top is profusely carved with acorns or oak leaves. It can be raised as required with changing the original structure by inserting a wooden disk between the leg and the caster.

English or Scottish circa 1840 £7,800

10 15 08

27½" deep
56" wide
27" high

Antique Wine Table / Writing Table / Centre Table

Regency mahogany centre table / writing table / lamp table, the rectangular top crossbanded in tulipwood and fruitwood, with two drawers in the frieze and the feet with scrolled reeded brackets.

English circa 1810 £4,800

02 16 01
Provenance: Sold and valued Maple and Co, BADA, 1971

30" wide
23" deep
29½" high

19th century oak antique library table

This 19th century oak antique library table is of the most colossal scale. The proportions are perfect, with tall slender legs, thin frieze and plenty of knee room underneath. The timber is a particularly fine cut of oak with lots of lovely medullary rays absolutely all over it.
Hidden among the finely carved gothic tracery there is a drawer each side, offset to the right to enable the table to seat one person each side when necessary.

English circa 1850 £7,800

MHE 001

66" wide
36" deep
30" high

Antique writing table

Antique writing table or antique library table with leather writing surface. This table represents the Regency period very well with stylistic motifs typical of the period. We like the gilt brass (ormulu) mounts for the feet, handles and escutcheons. The timber is rosewood, one of the most expensive when new, and the drawer linings are made of mahogany - the true sign of an commission where no expense is spared.

English circa 1820 £2,800

39" wide
22" deep
28 1/2" high

Antique writing table

Little walnut writing table with fine old skiver top and intricate tooling. This table is 28 1/2" high which makes it the perfect height for use as a wine table, lamp table or for by the bed.

English circa 1850 £950

19 1/2" deep
26 1/2" wide
28 1/2" high

19th Century Adjustable Antique Writing Table

Very unusual all original early nineteeth century antique 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