Quick and affordable online appraisals of dining sets

Communicate directly with a qualified dining sets specialist and get a fair market valuation of your item, typically in 48 hours or less.

Quick and affordable online appraisals of dining sets

Communicate directly with a qualified dining sets specialist and get a fair market valuation of your item, typically in 48 hours or less.

Have you recently inherited or purchased an antique table and want to know its value? Mearto provides quick and affordable online appraisals of antique tables. All you have to do is click on the “Start Appraisal” button above and follow the steps to send us information about and images of your antique table. One of our qualified and experienced specialists will review and get back to you with a fair market and insurance value, typically within 48 hours. Have questions about the valuation provided, or would you like some advice about selling your antique table? We are here to help! Our platform allows you to chat back and forth with a specialist to ensure that all of your questions are answered.

A wonderful antique table may be hiding right under your nose, so it’s important to know how to recognize different kinds of tables and understand their worth. Tables made of stone, wood and metal have been found dating from ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, and China. Their forms differed and they were generally separated into tables for holding food and tables for writing or playing games. Small marble or metal tables that could be tucked away were widely used in ancient Greece, and taller circular tables were made in the Byzantine Empire. In Europe during the Middle Ages, the dominant table type was a trestle, essentially two benches and a long rectangular table. Nowadays, various kinds of tables are made for eating, writing, working, or decoration. 

Antique tables come in various styles which also determine their use, whether functional or aesthetic.  The following are some common types that can be seen at auction. 

  • Butler: Originating in the 18th century, this type of antique table was first used as a light and portable piece of furniture. It comes with a tray and folding stand. 
  • Console: Also known as a pier table, this is typically propped up against a wall. It is usually decorated with ornate designs. 
  • Demilune: This type is named as such because of its half-moon shape. This table is typically used for serving.
  • Kang: This type of antique table can be traced back to the 3rd century BC. Originating in China, it is characterized by a long rectangular shape with short legs. 
  • Pedestal: Introduced in England in the 18th century, the pedestal table has an oval or round top. 
  • Tea: Also originating in the 18th century in England, this is a small antique table with a rectangular or round top. It can often be folded and stored. It is usually taken out for special occasions such as serving tea.
  • Pembroke: In the 1750s, this table was introduced in England, and may also be referred to as a drop-leaf table. It is a small table that is portable and folds down on each side. 
  • Gueridon: These small tables were originally used as candle stands. They are often manufactured in pairs. This type of antique table traces back to the 17th century.
  • Butterfly: This is a type of dining table that was first manufactured in the US in the late 18th century or early 19th century. It is called a butterfly table since the two braces resemble wings.
  • Coffee: This is a low table designed for placing drinks. Coffee tables began to be used in the Victorian era. Japanese design was influential in the 1700s in England, and this may have played a part in the popularity of low tables like those used in Japan. 
  • Card: Card tables became popular in England in the 1700s. They are used for games and usually seat two or four people. Many incorporate candle holders. 

Some of the factors that affect the relative valuation of antique tables are age, condition, materials, and maker.

The age of the antique table adds to its value. Yet, just because a table is old, it does not necessarily mean that it will draw a high price. The overall condition of the antique table is important to note. This could include scratches, stains, missing or broken components, and finish. Attempting to refinish an antique table could actually devalue it. Repairing, altering or replacing parts can also affect its authenticity.

The materials used in the table may influence its price. Rarer woods such as mahogany or ebony are more valuable. Intricate carving or inlay work will also raise the price of the table. 

A rare antique table manufactured by a popular furniture maker can be even more valuable. Each era and style of table has important manufacturers. 

Some significant designers and table-making companies of the 18th and 19th centuries include Chippendale, Kimel and Cabus, Hepplewhite, Robert Adam, William Kent, George Hunzinger, and William Moore. Some 20th century designers of note are Frank Lloyd Wright, Charles Mackintosh, Jean Dunand, Josef Hoffman, and Florence Knoll Bassett. 

The record for most expensive table sold at auction is held by the Tufft pier table, which was purchased for $4.6 million. Sold in 1990, the table was built in the 1700s and is made of carved lacquered hardwood. 


Leah Illingsworth

Leah Illingworth is a content specialist here at Mearto. She loves learning and writing about art and each day in addition to exploring the history and stories behind art movements and objects.

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