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Carved Chinese Coffee Table
Located in Wilson, NC
Carved Chinese coffee table is made from a carved Chinese panel with a custom made base. The panel is carved in high relief with gilt highlights. The scene depicts various vases and ...
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Antique 1860s Chinese Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Wood, Glass

  • Carved Chinese Coffee Table
  • Carved Chinese Coffee Table
  • Carved Chinese Coffee Table
  • Carved Chinese Coffee Table
H 22 in. W 42 in. D 23.75 in.
Carved Chinese Figural Coffee Table with Marble Top
Located in WEST PALM BEACH, FL
This is an interesting marriage of a beveled green marble top over an antique carved hardwood base with four corner supports depicting a female figure with the head of a lion termina...
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Antique Late 19th Century Chinese Other Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Marble

Baker Furniture Chinese Chippendale Carved Mahogany Coffee Table, Refinished
By Baker Furniture Company
Located in South Bend, IN
An exceptional Chinese Chippendale style coffee or cocktail table By Baker Furniture USA, Circa 1980s Book-matched mahogany, with ornate carved details. Measures: 38"W x ...
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Late 20th Century American Chinese Chippendale Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Mahogany

Baker Furniture Chinese Chippendale Carved Mahogany Coffee Table, Refinished
By Baker Furniture Company
Located in South Bend, IN
A gorgeous Chinese Chippendale style carved mahogany coffee table By Baker Furniture USA, Circa 1960s Measures: 40"W x 24"D x 18.25"H. Newly refinished. Very good condition.
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Vintage 1960s American Chinese Chippendale Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Mahogany

Chinese Vintage Whitewashed Coffee Table with Carved Spandrels and Stretchers
Located in Yonkers, NY
A Chinese vintage whitewashed coffee table from the mid 20th century, with carved spandrels and distressed appearance. Created in China during the midcentury period, this coffee tabl...
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Mid-20th Century Chinese Rustic Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Wood

Pair of Chinese Antique Chests with Carved Legs Made into a Long Coffee Table
Located in Yonkers, NY
A pair of Chinese antique unusual chests with locks and carved legs from the 19th century, made into a coffee table. Created in China during the 19th century, these unusual chests ca...
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Antique 19th Century Chinese Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Wood

Vintage Chinese Lacquered Coffee Table with Carved and Gilt Floral Décor
Located in Yonkers, NY
A Chinese vintage lacquered coffee table from the mid-20th century, with carved gilt floral motifs. Born in China during the mid-century period, this exquisite coffee table attracts ...
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Mid-20th Century Chinese Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Wood

Chinese Vintage Coffee Table with Three Carved Drawers and Openwork Apron
Located in Yonkers, NY
A Chinese vintage coffee table from the mid 20th century, with three carved drawers, pierced apron and horse hoof feet. Created in China during the midcentury period, this vintage co...
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Mid-20th Century Chinese Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Wood

Chinese Qing Dynasty 19th Century Black Lacquer Carved Low Kang Coffee Table
Located in Yonkers, NY
A Chinese antique Qing Dynasty period low kang black lacquer coffee table from the 19th century, with carved apron and chow legs. Created in China during the 19th century, this Qing ...
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Antique 19th Century Chinese Qing Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Wood

Qing Dynasty 19th Century Chinese Coffee Table with Rattan Top and Carved Apron
Located in Yonkers, NY
A Chinese Qing Dynasty period coffee table from the 19th century, with rattan top and horse hoof legs. Created in China during the Qing Dynasty, this wooden coffee table features a r...
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Antique 19th Century Chinese Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Rattan, Wood

Chinese Early 20th Century Rattan Top Coffee Table with Carved Medallions
Located in Yonkers, NY
An antique Chinese wooden coffee table from the early 20th century, with rattan top, carved apron and horse hoof legs. Created in China during the early years of the 20th century, th...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Rattan, Wood

Massive Chinese Carved Wood Low Table/ Daybed
Located in Bridgeport, CT
A classic elemental form Chinese daybed/ table in dark stain frame and carved with a tan split rattan or bamboo woven inset top wood-backed panel. The heavy frame with indented apron...
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Mid-20th Century Chinese Chinese Export Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Cane, Wood

Chinese Antique Elm Coffee Table with Floral Carved Drawers and Horsehoof Legs
Located in Yonkers, NY
An antique Chinese elmwood coffee table with three carved drawers and horsehoof feet. Featuring a rectangular top with central board, this Chinese coffee table presents three drawers...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Elm

Chinese Qing Dynasty 19th Century Wide Coffee Table with Carved Spandrels
Located in Yonkers, NY
A Chinese Qing Dynasty period wide coffee table from the 19th century, with carved spandrels and side stretchers. Created in China during the Qing Dynasty period, this coffee table f...
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Antique 19th Century Chinese Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Wood

Oriental Deeply Carved Low Table, Coffee Table
Located in Chillerton, Isle of Wight
Oriental deeply carved low table, coffee table This is a very attractive piece, the table is in the style of an opium table, it has a two tone lacquer finish accentuating the deta...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Chippendale Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Lacquer

Chinese Late 20th Century Hand Carved Lacquered Azalea Wood Root Coffee Table
Located in Yonkers, NY
A Chinese coffee table from the late 20th century, hand carved out of one complete azalea root. Created in China during the later years of the 20th century, this striking coffee tabl...
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Late 20th Century Chinese Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Wood

Chinese Carved White Marble Moss Garden Tea Table
Located in Kenilworth, IL
This coffee table was originally created as the foundation for a moss garden, carved from a single piece of white marble. The Chinese plateau, attributed to the Reign of Daoguang (gr...
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Antique Late 18th Century Chinese Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Marble, Iron

  • Chinese Carved White Marble Moss Garden Tea Table
  • Chinese Carved White Marble Moss Garden Tea Table
  • Chinese Carved White Marble Moss Garden Tea Table
  • Chinese Carved White Marble Moss Garden Tea Table
H 20.25 in. W 45.75 in. D 21.25 in.
19th Century Pair of Chinese Coffee or Side Tables
Located in Chicago, IL
19th century pair of Chinese coffee or side tables. Beautifully constructed of wood. Originally used for meals while seated on the floor. Dimensions: 44.5" W x 22" D x 19" H.
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Antique 19th Century Chinese Chinese Export Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Elm

Qing Chinese Bamboo & Elm Coffee Table/ Daybed, circa 1850
Located in Miami, FL
From the Shanxi region, a beautiful Qing Dynasty bed with elm frame. The top is composed of bamboo slats, with spandrels that have pierced, carved motifs representing billowing cloud...
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Antique Mid-19th Century Chinese Qing Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Bamboo, Elm

Chinese Oval Coffee Table with Hand-Carved Battle Scene and Six Stools
Located in Chicago, IL
Chinese made race track oval carved mahogany and fruitwood table with carved top battle scene, dragon apron and ball and claw feet. Custom-made in Hong Kong, imported to Hawaii by th...
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Vintage 1970s American Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Wood, Glass

Antique Chinese Shop Sign with Calligraphy Made into a Black Coffee Table
Located in Yonkers, NY
A Chinese antique shop sign with gold and red décor, turned into a coffee table with black horse hoof legs. Created in China, this coffee table captures our immediate attention with ...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Wood

Chinese Antique Shop Sign with Calligraphy Made into a Black Coffee Table
Located in Yonkers, NY
A Chinese antique shop sign with gold and red décor, turned into a coffee table with black horse hoof legs. Created in China, this coffee table captures our immediate attention with ...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Wood

Chinese Qing Dynasty 19th Century Wooden Coffee Table with Chow Style Legs
Located in Yonkers, NY
An antique Chinese Qing Dynasty coffee table from the 19th century, with waisted top and carved motifs. Created in China during the Qing Dynasty era, this coffee table features a rec...
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Antique 19th Century Chinese Qing Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Wood

Antique Chinese Ming Dynasty Style Low Prayer Table with Carved Scalloped Apron
Located in Yonkers, NY
An antique Chinese Ming dynasty style low prayer table from the early 20th century, with waisted carved apron and scrolling legs. Born in China during the early years of the 20th cen...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Ming Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Wood

Vintage Chinoiserie Asian Folding Coffee Table Black Lacquered Carved Design
Located in Topeka, KS
Stunning vintage chinoiserie Asian folding coffee table black lacquered with carved gold meander or Greek key & floral designs and modified Ming chow feet and the skirts and legs fol...
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20th Century Chinese Chinoiserie Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Wood, Lacquer

Midcentury Chinese Carved Six-Leg Folding Table Base with Engraved Brass Top
Located in Dallas, TX
This small, versatile coffee table was crafted in China, circa 1950. The folding base with decorative supports has six carved legs which can easily be folded up flat. The brass tray ...
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Mid-20th Century Chinese Victorian Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Brass

Chinese Qing Dynasty 19th Century Black Lacquer Coffee Table with Two Drawers
Located in Yonkers, NY
A Chinese Qing Dynasty antique black lacquer coffee table from the 19th century, with two drawers, dragon-carved spandrels and raised motifs. Created in China during the Qing Dynasty...
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Antique 19th Century Chinese Qing Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Brass

Antique Chinese Low Rosewood Table
Located in New York, NY
Antique Chinese (Early 19th Century) low narrow hardwood table or bench with a smooth, top slanting upward at each end, supported by two legs with subtly-scalloped cutouts.
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Antique 19th Century Chinese Chinese Export Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Wood, Rosewood

  • Antique Chinese Low Rosewood Table
  • Antique Chinese Low Rosewood Table
  • Antique Chinese Low Rosewood Table
  • Antique Chinese Low Rosewood Table
H 26 in. W 52 in. D 19 in.
Chinese Qing Dynasty 19th Century Carved Low Elm Table with Ming Stone Inset
Located in Yonkers, NY
A Chinese Qing Dynasty low elm table from the 19th century, with Ming stone inset, carved spandrels and recessed cartouches. Created in China during the Qing Dynasty period, this elm...
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Antique 19th Century Chinese Qing Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Stone

Chinese Early 20th Century Wooden Cocktail Table with Carved Spandrels
Located in Yonkers, NY
An antique Chinese cocktail table from the early 20th century, with carved spandrels and straight legs. Created in China during the early years of the 20th century, this cocktail tab...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Wood

Qing Dynasty 19th Century Small Coffee Table with Carved Apron and Chow Legs
Located in Yonkers, NY
A small Chinese Qing Dynasty period coffee table from the 19th century, with chow leg design and carved apron. Created in China during the Qing Dynasty, this small coffee table featu...
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Antique 19th Century Chinese Qing Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Wood

19th Century Chinese Hardwood Opium Table
Located in Brighton, Sussex
A very good quality 19th century Chinese carved hardwood circular Opium table, having in inset figured burr wood top, carved decoration to the frieze and raised on five scrolled supp...
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Antique 19th Century Chinese Chinese Export Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Hardwood

Qing Dynasty 19th Century Coffee Table with Rattan Insert Top and Carved Apron
Located in Yonkers, NY
A Chinese Qing Dynasty period coffee table from the 19th century, with rattan top insert. Created in China during the Qing Dynasty, this coffee table features a rectangular top with ...
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Antique 19th Century Chinese Qing Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Rattan, Wood

Antique Chinese Carved Elmwood Kang Daybed or Opium Table in Warm Honey Color
Located in Casteren, NL
A Chinese Kang bed that was completely made in Ju Mu or elmwood. The wood shows a beautiful dark grain and it has a rich and warm honey color with great patina and gloss. A Kang bed...
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Antique Late 19th Century Chinese Ming Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Elm

Octagon Chinoiserie Decorated Mirror Top Low Coffee Table with Carved Wood Base
Located in Stamford, CT
Octagon chinoiserie decorated mirror top low coffee table with carved wood base.
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Mid-20th Century Chinese Export Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Wood, Glass

Unusual Oriental 'Tang Rams' Coffee Table
Located in London, GB
A very unusual, large glass-topped coffee table, made from a pair of antique oriental Tang dynasty style figures of recumbent rams, carved of wood and painted to simulate granite or ...
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20th Century Chinese Tang Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Glass, Wood

  • Unusual Oriental 'Tang Rams' Coffee Table
  • Unusual Oriental 'Tang Rams' Coffee Table
  • Unusual Oriental 'Tang Rams' Coffee Table
  • Unusual Oriental 'Tang Rams' Coffee Table
H 15.75 in. W 37.8 in. D 35.83 in.
Low Chinese Square Table with Ridged Sides, c. 1900
Located in Chicago, IL
This early 20th century elmwood square table from China's Shanxi province features a floating panel top and an apron composed of pillar-shaped struts. Ridged carvings known as "incen...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Qing Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Elm

20th Century Vietnamese Hand-Carved Asian Coffee Low Table with Elephant Scene
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Inset glass top deep relief carved Vietnamese low table. Heavily carved throughout depicting elephants working in a forest. Very nicely done with figural carved legs/feet and floral ...
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Late 20th Century Vietnamese Chinese Export Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Mahogany, Teak, Glass

Antique Northern Chinese Kang Opium Bed with Chow Legs and Hand Carved Frieze
Located in Yonkers, NY
A large antique northern Chinese Ming Dynasty style kang opium bed from the early 20th century, with bulging chow legs and hand-carved frieze in scroll pattern. Born in China during ...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Ming Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Wood

Chinese Early 20th Century Low Table with Bamboo Opium Mat Top
Located in Yonkers, NY
A Chinese low table from the early 20th century, with opium mat top and carved legs. Created in China during the early years of the 20th century, this low table could be used equally...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Bamboo, Wood

Chinese Qing Dynasty 19th Century Lacquered Wood Low Table with Cabriole Legs
Located in Yonkers, NY
A Chinese Qing dynasty period lacquered low table from the 19th century with carved apron and cabriole legs. Born in China during the 19th century, this exquisite low table features ...
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Antique 19th Century Chinese Qing Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Wood

Black and Red Lacquer Qing Dynasty Prayer Table with Low Relief Carved Scrolls
Located in Yonkers, NY
A Chinese Qing Dynasty period black and red lacquer prayer table from the 19th century, with distressed patina and carved scrolls. Created in China during the Qing Dynasty, this low ...
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Antique 19th Century Chinese Qing Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Wood

Pair of Vintage Parsons Tables inset with 18th Century Chinese Panels
Located in Kilmarnock, VA
Pair of black lacquer Parsons tables inset with 18th century Chinese coromandel lacquer panels. Wonderful age acquired patina and depth.
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Vintage 1950s Unknown Chinoiserie Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Lacquer

Low Scroll Doon Table
Located in Chicago, IL
This thoughtfully designed sculptural scroll form table is carved by hand from a single block of limestone. With a strong, low profile and fluidly scrolled feet, the low table honors...
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21st Century and Contemporary Chinese Minimalist Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Limestone

  • Low Scroll Doon Table
  • Low Scroll Doon Table
  • Low Scroll Doon Table
  • Low Scroll Doon Table
H 7 in. W 66 in. D 11.75 in.
Cinnabar Low Table
Located in Woodbury, CT
In typical red cinnabar lacquer over a wooden frame, with black highlights. Fully carved. The top showing mountains and a "tea house" with a pot of tea on a table. There are 2 figure...
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Antique Mid-19th Century Chinese Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Wood, Lacquer

  • Cinnabar Low Table
  • Cinnabar Low Table
  • Cinnabar Low Table
  • Cinnabar Low Table
H 16 in. W 27 in. D 15 in.
20th Century Black Lacquer Low Table
Located in London, GB
A mid-20th century black lacquer square low table, the top in set with rattan above an apron and shaped feet.
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20th Century Chinese Chinese Export Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Wood, Lacquer

  • 20th Century Black Lacquer Low Table
  • 20th Century Black Lacquer Low Table
  • 20th Century Black Lacquer Low Table
  • 20th Century Black Lacquer Low Table
H 20 in. W 27 in. D 27 in.
Restored Mahogany Chinese Chippendale Silver Tea Table Fret Work Carved, Coffee
By Thomas Chippendale
Located in GB
We are delighted to offer this stunning restored antique fret work carved Chinese Chippendale style silver tray table In a modern sense this would be classed as a coffee table, bu...
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20th Century English Chinese Chippendale Serving Tables

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Mahogany

Chinese Hardwood Coffee Table
Located in Austin, TX
A well-proportioned Chinese carved hardwood table. The top is comprised of a single, solid floating panel. The apron has been carved and pierced with writhing dragons. The cabriole l...
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20th Century Chinese Furniture

  • Chinese Hardwood Coffee Table
  • Chinese Hardwood Coffee Table
  • Chinese Hardwood Coffee Table
  • Chinese Hardwood Coffee Table
H 16.25 in. W 48 in. D 24 in.
Chinese Heavily Carved Camphor Dowry Chest or Coffee Table
Located in Dallas, TX
Presenting a beautiful Mid-20C Chinese heavily carved camphor dowry chest or coffee table. Made in Hong Kong circa 1945-50 by the You On & Co. furniture makers of Hong Kong. Th...
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Mid-20th Century Hong Kong Chinese Export Furniture

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Brass

Antique Chinese Elm Coffee Table
Located in Rochester, NY
Antique Chinese carved elm w/ inset cane top coffee table. Rich natural grain to elm wood with overall beautifully aged glowing surface color to original finish, circa 1900. Great lo...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Furniture

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Hardwood, Elm

  • Antique Chinese Elm Coffee Table
  • Antique Chinese Elm Coffee Table
  • Antique Chinese Elm Coffee Table
  • Antique Chinese Elm Coffee Table
H 19 in. W 35 in. D 31 in.
Chinese Marbel Topped Tea or Coffee Table Using Vintage Carved Giltwood Panels
Located in GB
We are delighted to offer for sale this lovely vintage marble topped Chinese tea table constructed with vintage circa 1940 hand carved giltwood panels A very good looking and well...
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Vintage 1940s Chinese Chinese Export Furniture

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Marble

Chinese Coffee Table Side Table with Antique Longevity Screen
Located in Somis, CA
A beautiful natural finish square table made of solid elmwood. The tabletop inset with an antique screen has rounded corners and carved surrounds creating a double illusion. The tabl...
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20th Century Chinese Furniture

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Wood

Asian Coffee Table Solid Wood Table with Carved Screen
Located in Somis, CA
A beautiful natural finish square table made of solid elmwood. The tabletop is inset with a piece of hand-carved screen featuring the character "Happiness". Surrounding the character...
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20th Century Chinese Furniture

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Wood

China Fine Burl Wood Display And Coffee Table Desk
Located in South Burlington, VT
An extraordinary example of a burlwood natural organic wood coffee or display table and desk hand crafted from a rare golden camphor wood root and burl. Would make a spectacular ac...
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Late 20th Century Chinese Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Organic Material, Wood

  • China Fine Burl Wood Display And Coffee Table Desk
  • China Fine Burl Wood Display And Coffee Table Desk
  • China Fine Burl Wood Display And Coffee Table Desk
  • China Fine Burl Wood Display And Coffee Table Desk
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Rattan Handmade Woven Cane Kalma Coffee Bow Table Modern Footrest Furniture
By Eastern Artisans
Located in Milano, IT
''Mesa Café Lazo''. Two piece coffee table base in rattan and woven cane, shaped like a bow. Stamped Kalma Ramon Castellano in Bamboo Wood, 20th Century. High quality bamboo and ratt...
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Vintage 1980s Chinese Chinese Export Jewelry Boxes

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Bamboo, Rattan

Bamboo Woven Cane Handmade Woven Cane Castellanos Coffee Table Kalma Furniture
By Eastern Artisans
Located in Milano, IT
Ola coffee table, laminated bamboo with fronts accented with woven cane. Ramon Castellano spanish designer table stamped for Kalma brand in bamboo wood, 20th century. High qualit...
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Vintage 1980s Chinese Chinese Export Jewelry Boxes

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Bamboo, Cane

Large Asian Square Coffee Table with Antique Screen, Banana Legs
Located in Somis, CA
A large solid wood table with elegant banana legs. These legs are substantial and strong. Antique screen mounted within a mitered wood frame, under glass, gives wonderful visual inte...
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2010s Chinese Furniture

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Glass, Wood

Black Square Asian Coffee Table with Antique Lattice Screen
Located in Somis, CA
A beautiful square coffee table inset with a large 19th century lattice screen. A miter, Tenon and mortise construction above recessed waist, all around stretchers and hoof legs. The...
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20th Century Chinese Furniture

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Wood

Carved Chinese Coffee Table
Located in Fulton, CA
Hand-carved Chinese Ming style coffee table, circa 1950s-1960s. Nice detail to carved figures and Asian architecture with scroll work to apron and legs. Two small drawers, one on eac...
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Mid-20th Century Chinese Ming Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Hardwood

  • Carved Chinese Coffee Table
  • Carved Chinese Coffee Table
  • Carved Chinese Coffee Table
  • Carved Chinese Coffee Table
H 16 in. W 39.25 in. D 17.88 in.
Chinese Chippendale Carved Coffee Table
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Vintage Coffee Table, Carved Chinese Chippendale Style. Four Glass Squares Inset on Table Top. Newly Painted Mint Green.
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20th Century American Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Wood, Glass

  • Chinese Chippendale Carved Coffee Table
  • Chinese Chippendale Carved Coffee Table
  • Chinese Chippendale Carved Coffee Table
  • Chinese Chippendale Carved Coffee Table
H 16 in. Dm table: 22; stools: 20 in.
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Chinese Carved Coffee Table For Sale on 1stDibs

Choose from an assortment of styles, material and more with respect to the Chinese carved coffee table you’re looking for at 1stDibs. A Chinese carved coffee table — often made from wood, hardwood and elm — can elevate any home. There are 82 variations of the antique or vintage Chinese carved coffee table you’re looking for, while we also have 2 modern editions of this piece to choose from as well. There are many kinds of the Chinese carved coffee table you’re looking for, from those produced as long ago as the 18th Century to those made as recently as the 21st Century. A Chinese carved coffee table made by Mid-Century Modern designers — as well as those associated with Industrial — is very popular.

How Much is a Chinese Carved Coffee Table?

Prices for a Chinese carved coffee table start at $450 and top out at $12,000 with the average selling for $2,200.

Finding the Right Coffee and Cocktail Tables for You

As a practical centerpiece to your living area, antique and vintage coffee and cocktail tables are an invaluable addition to any interior.

Low tables that were initially used as tea or coffee tables have been around since at least the mid- to late-1800s. Early coffee tables surfaced in Victorian-era England, likely influenced by the use of tea tables in Japanese tea gardens. In the United States, furniture makers worked to introduce low, long tables into their offerings as the popularity of coffee and “coffee breaks” took hold during the late 19th century and early 20th century.

It didn’t take long for coffee and cocktail tables to become a design staple and for consumers to recognize their role in entertaining no matter what beverages were being served. Originally, these tables were as simple as they are practical — as high as your sofa and made primarily of wood. In recent years, however, metal, glass and plastics have become popular in coffee and cocktail tables, and design hasn’t been restricted to the conventional low profile, either.

Visionary craftspeople such as Paul Evans introduced bold, geometric designs that challenge the traditional idea of what a coffee table can be. The elongated rectangles and wide boxy forms of Evans’s desirable Cityscape coffee table, for example, will meet your needs but undoubtedly prove imposing in your living space.

If you’re shopping for an older coffee table to bring into your home — be it an antique Georgian-style coffee table made of mahogany or walnut with decorative inlays or a classic square mid-century modern piece comprised of rosewood designed by the likes of Ettore Sottsass — there are a few things you should keep in mind.

Both the table itself and what you put on it should align with the overall design of the room, not just by what you think looks fashionable in isolation. According to interior designer Tamara Eaton, the material of your vintage coffee table is something you need to consider. “With a glass coffee table, you also have to think about the surface underneath, like the rug or floor,” she says. “With wood and stone tables, you think about what’s on top.”

Find the perfect centerpiece for any room, no matter what your personal style on 1stDibs. Browse a vast selection of antique, new and vintage coffee and cocktail tables today.