Relevant categories: Tables,Desks
( Above Photo: Victorian Library Table Desk Mahogany )
An antique library table is the best way to turn your home office into a stylish yet highly functional space. It was a constant feature in its heyday in private homes and public libraries. You can buy one today, both for decorative and practical purposes.
Given that the antique library table was made during different times in history, it is essential to know how to identify one. You will get a good deal on the table and decide how you’ll use it to decorate your home.
The library table was for writing and studying purposes. It found a place in the home library, where lots of reading and writing would occur. Because of that, the table has several unique features, including the following:
Shape and Size: A typical antique library table has the same height as a standard desk – 28 to 30 inches. It is primarily rectangular, even though some have an oval shape.
Materials: The library table mainly features wood, usually mahogany or oak. It had a leather writing surface to provide greater comfort in some cases. Some have veneer, depending on the furniture maker.
Shorter Knee Height: Unlike desks and other types of tables, the library table tends to have a shorter knee height. That’s because of the characteristic integrated drawers and wide apron lying below the table surface. They are, therefore, a little more substantial with a rook for attractive decorations and carvings. Due to the shorter knee height, it can be challenging to cross legs under the table.
Two-Sided Design: The typical desk design has a working side and another one that sits against the wall. However, a writing table has two working sides. Therefore, two people sit on either side to write or study. The table may have a narrow shelf or crossbar, extending the table’s length below the surface. That divides the space for two people to use it.
( Above Photo: Regency Library Table Desk Rosewood 1820 )
Different manufacturers made antique library tables in different eras, and each has distinct features. Here are two ways to identify an antique library table:
Even though not all antique furniture pieces have labels and marks, checking for the manufacturer’s mark can help you date it. Most furniture manufacturers labelled their furniture, adding unique marks in hidden spots.
So, check the table’s underside, the drawer backs and bottoms, or inside the table’s apron. If there’s no mark, you should focus on the date instead of the manufacturer.
Even though library tables have been around for a while, they became common during the industrial revolution. Here are the familiar eras for these tables.
Victorian: The Victorian era lasted from 1850 to 1900. Library tables from this era have elaborate hardware and carvings, ornate drawer pulls, carved legs, and scrolling designs on the apron.
Arts and Crafts: Coming soon after the Victorian period, library arts and crafts library tables may have simple details, solid joinery, and straight lines.
Art Deco: The art deco era lasted from the 1920s to the 1930s. Tables from this era had repeated geometric details, futuristic lines, and natural elements.
( Above Photo: Victorian Library Table Desk - Burr Walnut Stretcher Circa 186 )
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