Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Circular tables - so practical 'at auction'

A round table is a great investment. If you have a big entry hall or library, you can use it as the center piece of the room, and pile it high with decorative objects or books. If you have a small dining area, it doesn't take up much space, and you can usually fit 6 guests comfortably. If your space is even smaller, get a drop leaf or tilt top and place it against the wall when you're not using it. In other words, a round table is SO practical.

It's, therefore, worth investing in a beautiful wood table with lots of character and patina. Auctions are great places to find these.

Both by designer Daryll Carter via Pinterest
From New England Home 
From House and Home Magazine (Canada) 

Brunk Auctions in Asheville, NC has an auction coming up March 23rd. There are several excellent examples of different circular tables that would suit dining, a hall, or a very small space. The British 19th century mahogany George III style table on the left is a beautiful piece of furniture. This measures 62 inches in diameter so would fit 6 or more for dinner easily. This is Lot 0196 and has an auction estimate of $2,500 - $4,000.

The inlaid game board top of this table makes it so interesting. This is a George III game table, and tilts! It measures 32 inches in diameter which would make it a nice hall or library table, or nice dining for two. This is Lot )331, and has an auction estimate at Brunk of $500 - $1,000.

I had a table like this when I had a very small apartment in New York City when I was in college. It was perfect for sitting against a wall with a few decorative objects on top, and then a good sized dining table when I entertained.  This would also make a nice table for a dining room to open as a serving station. This one measures 43 inches long and 35 inches wide when opened up. This is Brunk Lot 0205, and has an auction estimate of $100 - $300.

This Eero Saarinen designed marble topped table is a modern classic. I have eaten around tables like this many times, and they fit 6 very nicely. This one is included in the Doyle New York auction April 8th (Lot 662). It measures 60 inches in diameter, and has an auction estimate of $1,000 - $1,500.

This lovely mahogany Regency style table would make a wonderful dining table, or a center table in a room large enough.  It measures 48 inches in diameter which sits 4 easily or 5 in a pinch. This sold at a Stair Galleries auction in Hudson New York for $200 off an auction estimate of $800 - $1,200.

I love round tables for their practicality, and as the best dining table shape to promote conversation over the meal. They don't take up the space, and often can do double decorating duty. They are easy to find at auction, and some times terrific bargains are to be had!
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