The antique tables and chairs in this collection have found their way here from around the globe. We deal in European and native New Zealand pieces. Our European tables are sourced from England, France, and Belgium, built for today’s use while retaining charm and character from times long passed. All our antique chairs and tables are available for viewing at our physical store in Pukekohe, or you can view them online below.
Antique Table Styles
Tables are perhaps the oldest form of furniture, apart from the chair. Certainly, they are among the most versatile, with styles ranging from elegant and mobile to commanding and grandiose. Antique tables often reflect the country and era they were designed in.
Antique English Tables
Antique English tables are often made from oak, mahogany, and pine. These tables usually have turned legs and sit on castors. Today's popular English tables are refectory and trestle tables that would have been present in the servants’ quarters and great kitchens of the day.
French and Belgium Antique Tables
Vintage French and Belgium tables are always popular as the more primitive tables provide the perfect French country farmhouse look; they also work very well with an industrial-themed room. These tables are often more basic with square legs, and sometimes they also have one or two draws.
Native New Zealand Tables
Native New Zealand pieces follow the English styles of the time, with sturdy wood frames and castor legs. Good examples are increasingly hard to find as borer has long been feasting on our pieces, just like many of our old colonial buildings.
A Brief History of the Dining Table
The concept of a fixed flat surface is as old as Egyptian civilisation, but the exact purpose of the tables from that era is still unknown to us and may be forgotten in time; they were possibly used for playing games and social drinking.
The stationary dining table we are so familiar with was scoffed at for centuries until the widespread adoption of refectory tables in European monasteries and mansions in the 15th century saw the concept grow in popularity. Soon enough, any dining hall worth its merit held a grand refectory table. Expanding tables in the form of the drawer table appeared in Italy, France, and England in the early 16th century and other types such as the drop-leaf and the centre opening came later in the same century.
Invite Old-world Charm into Your Dining Room with Elsie Wolfe
Here at Elsie Wolfe, we are reaching back into the past and across the world to bring you some of the most unique antique chairs and tables. Ranging from different periods and places, our collection has something for everyone; check us out online or visit our showroom today.