Antique pedestal tables
Antique pedestal tables are a style of table with a single central column, made over 100 years ago.
Antiques are defined by the Smoot-Hawley act as items made over 100 years ago.Background and Description
The design of antique pedestal tables is based on the classical pedestal, and they are a timelessly useful model, doing away with cumbersome externally placed supports. They were first developed in the early 1700s.
Pedestal tables come in all shapes and sizes but the common factor is the single central column, often from which supporting feet branch out at the floor.
Collecting antique pedestal tables
Collectors may choose to focus on a particular style, era, designer, or area of manufacturer when collecting antique pedestal tables.
For example, there is a certain style of Chinese antique pedestal table that collectors may choose to focus on.
Unique and handmade items are much more collectible than anything mass produced.
Care must be taken to ensure that a pedestal table is a real antique, and not a replica.
They can be found on auction website such as eBay, at antique fairs, in antique stores, and in house clearances. The more impressive examples may find their way to a large auction house.
Each antique pedestal table is likely to have a different story, and thus a different value. It is important to consult an expert when determining a table’s worth, and to gather as much knowledge as possible about the history, make, age, design and material in every case.
Antique pedestal tables can sell on eBay for anything up to $2,000.
Important and historical examples have sold for vast amounts at auction. For example, a regency era mahogany large circular pedestal library table, circa 1815 and with an interesting provenance, sold for $90,000 at Sotheby’s in November 2005. An early Victorian mahogany extending Jupe pedestal dining table sold for £321,600 at Christie’s in June 2006. A 17th century rare Huanghuali plank-top Chinese pedestal table sold for $842,500 at Christie’s in March 2012.
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