Antique console tables
Antique console tables are tables supported by ornamented brackets made over 100 years ago.
Background and Description
‘Console’ means an ornamented bracket supporting a shelf or tabletop. Console tables are defined by being supported by ornamented brackets, fixed to a wall or designed to stand against a wall. They were first designed by French manufacturers in the early 18th century, and have been popular ever since.
Antique is generally understood to refer to items created over 100 years ago. Therefore antique console tables are tables in this style manufactured prior to the early 20th century.
Console tables are traditionally used for displaying accessories and decorative items, or holding lamps. They are often found in entryways, sometimes with a mirror above them. The console is a versatile table however, and can be used in a variety of functions: as a small server in a dining room, a vanity table in a bedroom, even a small desk in a home office.
They often just have two legs in front and are secured to the wall at the rear.
As console tables have been popular for centuries, they come in a huge variety of styles, materials, shapes and sizes, from many different areas and makers.
Collecting antique console tables and their value
Collectors of antique console tables will generally focus on one particular style, make or era.
Value can vary hugely dependant on age, rarity, quality, reputation of the maker, and materials used. Each example must be priced according to its own attributes: there is no general price guide for antique console tables as a genre.
For example, ‘antique console tables’ have sold on eBay for between £15 and £1,400.
The most expensive console table sold at auction was an important George II giltwood marble-topped console table made by James Richards, sold for $764,000 at Sotheby’s in October 2004.
The history of an individual table must be determined before putting a value on it.