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Chinese Wood Coffee Table with Chinoiserie Lacquer Decoration
Located in Locust Valley, NY
Black Chinese wood coffee table with chinoiserie lacquer decoration.
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Early 20th Century Chinese Chinoiserie Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Lacquer

Chinese Coffee Table in Exotic Wood
Located in London, GB
Chinese coffee table from the 20th century. Furniture in richly carved exotic wood e chiseled with beautiful lines and pleasant furnishings. Round table with top of excellent size a...
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20th Century Chinese Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Wood

  • Chinese Coffee Table in Exotic Wood
  • Chinese Coffee Table in Exotic Wood
  • Chinese Coffee Table in Exotic Wood
  • Chinese Coffee Table in Exotic Wood
H 24.02 in. W 42.52 in. D 42.52 in.
Chinese Zitan Wood Coffee Table
Located in Montreal, QC
Chinese Zitan wood coffee table.
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Antique Early 1900s Asian Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Zitan

  • Chinese Zitan Wood Coffee Table
  • Chinese Zitan Wood Coffee Table
  • Chinese Zitan Wood Coffee Table
  • Chinese Zitan Wood Coffee Table
H 16 in. W 40 in. D 20 in.
Chinese Coffee Table
Located in Gloucestershire, GB
An early 20th century Chinese coffee table of good scale.     
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Early 20th Century Chinese Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Wood

  • Chinese Coffee Table
  • Chinese Coffee Table
  • Chinese Coffee Table
  • Chinese Coffee Table
H 20.48 in. W 71.26 in. D 22.45 in.
Large Chinese Coffee Table
Located in Stamford, CT
Large Chinese coffee table with decorative, painted tabletop. Please note of wear consistent with age.
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20th Century Chinese Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Wood

  • Large Chinese Coffee Table
  • Large Chinese Coffee Table
  • Large Chinese Coffee Table
  • Large Chinese Coffee Table
H 17.00 in. W 49.00 in. D 46.00 in.
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.
Asian Chinese Export Hong Black Wood Low Coffee Table
Located in New York, NY
Asian Chinese export hong black wood low coffee table with cabriole legs (mid-20th century).  
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Mid-20th Century Chinese Chinese Export Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Chinese Qing Style Coffee Table in Blackwood and Root Wood
Located in Nordhavn, DK
Chinese Qing style Kang table with circular paneled top over a carved apron enriched with relief dragons. Table top with blackwood frame and root wood panel. 5 C-curved legs with s...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Qing Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Hardwood, Wood

20th Century Oriental Wood Chinese Round Coffee Table, 1970
Located in Vicoforte, Piedmont
Chinese living room coffee table from 20th century. Furniture in exotic wood richly carved and chiseled of beautiful lines and pleasant decor. Round table with top of excellent size ...
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Late 20th Century Chinese Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Wood

Chinese Hardstone Mounted Coffee Table
Located in Essex, MA
Kidney shaped with top mounted with various soapstones etc, carved rounded sides, cabriole legs, scroll feet.
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Antique 19th Century Chinese Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Wood

  • Chinese Hardstone Mounted Coffee Table
  • Chinese Hardstone Mounted Coffee Table
  • Chinese Hardstone Mounted Coffee Table
  • Chinese Hardstone Mounted Coffee Table
H 13.25 in. W 33.25 in. D 16.25 in.
Chinese Ming Dynasty Style Natural Wood Coffee Table with Humpback Stretcher
Located in Yonkers, NY
A Chinese Ming dynasty style natural wood coffee table with humpbacked apron and horse hoof legs. Born in China during the early years of the 20th century, this elegant coffee table ...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Wood

Wooden Chinese Coffee Table
Located in Bridgehampton, NY
Wooden Chinese coffee table Measures: 51" W x 16" D x 16" H. 13307-35.
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21st Century and Contemporary Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Wood

  • Wooden Chinese Coffee Table
  • Wooden Chinese Coffee Table
  • Wooden Chinese Coffee Table
  • Wooden Chinese Coffee Table
H 16 in. W 51 in. D 16 in.
Vintage Chinese Black Lacquer Folding Wood and Mother of Pearl Coffee Table
Located in Barntrup, DE
A beautiful vintage Chinese coffee table in lacquered and painted wood from the 1950s. The wooden, rectangular frame is decorated with painted floral details and mother of pearl inla...
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Vintage 1950s Chinese Chinese Chippendale Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Stone

Chinese Lacquered Coffee Table
Located in Stamford, CT
Chinese lacquered coffee table with bracket legs and a curved skirt, circa early 20th century. The tabletop also features a gold painted Chinese landscape scene.  
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Early 20th Century Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Wood

  • Chinese Lacquered Coffee Table
  • Chinese Lacquered Coffee Table
  • Chinese Lacquered Coffee Table
  • Chinese Lacquered Coffee Table
H 18 in. W 40 in. D 20 in.
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 Lacquered Coffee Table with Floral Tabletop
Located in Stamford, CT
Chinese lacquered coffee table with cabriole legs and floral illustration on the tabletop with butterfly motifs. The tabletop is also framed by painted geometric trim. Please note of...
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20th Century Chinese Export Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Wood

  • Chinese Lacquered Coffee Table with Floral Tabletop
  • Chinese Lacquered Coffee Table with Floral Tabletop
  • Chinese Lacquered Coffee Table with Floral Tabletop
  • Chinese Lacquered Coffee Table with Floral Tabletop
H 13.00 in. W 26.00 in. D 20.00 in.
Ebonized Chinese Fretwork Coffee Table
Located in Locust Valley, NY
Ebonized Chinese fretwork coffee table.
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20th Century Unknown Chinoiserie Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Wood

  • Ebonized Chinese Fretwork Coffee Table
  • Ebonized Chinese Fretwork Coffee Table
  • Ebonized Chinese Fretwork Coffee Table
  • Ebonized Chinese Fretwork Coffee Table
H 20.5 in. W 48 in. D 29.75 in.
Chinese Lacquered and Hand Painted Gilt Coffee Table
Located in New York, NY
With hand painted gilt decoration. The tabletop is an older panel, circa early 20th century. Graceful curves and rounded corners characterize the table's structural design, while det...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Wood, Wood

18th Century Coromandel Screen Large Chinese Coffee Table
Located in Rome, IT
The square top with 18 century coromandel screen decorated with polychrome landscape scene. On four square "sang de boeuf" color lacquered legs of the 20th century base . Measure...
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Antique Mid-18th Century Chinese Other Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Wood

Chinese, hard wood, Kang Table, 20th Century
Located in Camden, ME
A hardwood Kang table, 20th century.
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20th Century Chinese Chinese Export Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Hardwood

Chinese Qing Dynasty Coffee Table with Stone Table Top and Basswood Frame
Located in Nordhavn, DK
Coffee table with stone table top (7 cm thick). Basswood frame with natural patina. Basswood is usually referred to as either Lime or Linden in Europe. From Shanxi, China, 18th cent...
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Antique 18th Century Chinese Qing Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Stone

1950s Chinese Black Lacquer Painted Dragon Coffee Table or Bench
Located in Austin, TX
A fun Chinese export Hollywood Regency black lacquer and polychromed coffee table featuring painted roundels of coiled and writhing dragons against a scrolling floral and foliate gro...
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Vintage 1950s Chinese Hollywood Regency Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Wood

Small 19th Century Chinese Square Drinks or Coffee Table
Located in Atlanta, GA
Small 19th century Chinese square drinks or coffee table.
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Antique 19th Century Chinese Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Wood

Chinoiserie Coffee or Cocktail Table with Chinese Screen, circa 1950
Located in San Antonio, TX
Charming vintage chinoiserie cocktail table in the manner of James Mont with lacquered black base and Chinese screen composing the tabletop in a vibrant blue with hues of cream and r...
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20th Century Chinese Chinoiserie Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Lacquer, Wood

Chinese Black Lacquer Coffee Table with Mother of Pearl Inlay
Located in Dallas, TX
Mid-20th century Chinese coffee table with a black lacquer finish with mother of pearl inlay.
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Mid-20th Century Chinese Chinoiserie Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Mother-of-Pearl, Wood, Wood

Art Deco Coffee Opium Table with Chinese Decor
Located in Saarbruecken, DE
Art Deco coffee Opium table. Hand-painted Chinese decor, France, 1920s. Lacquer in good original condition. Table solid and stabile. Note: Very nice symmetric all-over patina of ...
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Vintage 1920s French Art Deco Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Lacquer, Wood

  • Art Deco Coffee Opium Table with Chinese Decor
  • Art Deco Coffee Opium Table with Chinese Decor
  • Art Deco Coffee Opium Table with Chinese Decor
  • Art Deco Coffee Opium Table with Chinese Decor
H 17.33 in. W 16.54 in. D 31.5 in.
GRACIE Chinese Style Coffee Table with Floral Decoration
Located in Locust Valley, NY
GRACIE Chinese style coffee table with floral and bird decoration.
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20th Century North American Chinoiserie Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Wood

Karl Springer "Chinese Cube Style Coffee Table", 1980s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
"Chinese Cube Style Coffee Table" in Chinese red lacquer by Karl Springer, American, 1980s. The craftsmanship of this coffee table is impeccable. We are going to re-lacquer it so you...
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Vintage 1980s American Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Wood, Lacquer

Chinese Rectangular Coffee Table with Rattan Inset Top and Chow Legs
Located in Yonkers, NY
A Chinese rectangular coffee table from the early 20th century, with rattan top and chow legs. Born in China during the early years of the 20th century, this coffee table features a ...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Rattan, 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 Chippendale Faux Bamboo Brass Scalloped Edge Tray Top Coffee Table
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Vintage Chinese Chippendale faux bamboo scalloped edge brass tray top coffee table. Item features a wooden faux bamboo base, glass tray top with brass scalloped edge, very nice vinta...
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Mid-20th Century North American Chinese Chippendale Coffee and Cocktail ...

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Brass

Chinese Chippendale Faux Bamboo Campaign Scalloped Edge Brass Tray Coffee Table
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Chinese Chippendale faux bamboo Campaign style scalloped brass tray top coffee table. Item features a scalloped edge brass rim glass top, solid wood faux bamboo base, very nice vinta...
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Mid-20th Century North American Chinese Chippendale Coffee and Cocktail ...

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Brass

Chinese 19th Century Qing Dynasty Period Coffee Table with Distressed Patina
Located in Yonkers, NY
A Chinese Qing dynasty period painting table from the 19th century, with nicely weathered patina. Created in China during the 19th century, this Qing painting table will make for an ...
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Antique 19th Century Chinese Qing Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Wood

Fan Coffee or Cocktail Table Copper and Wood Flat Geometric Customizable
By Frank Chou
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
The work is customizable in terms of material, color and size. Production lead time is 60 days. Ship from the designer's studio in Shanghai. It is designed by Frank Chou Desig...
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21st Century and Contemporary Chinese Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Metal

Chinese Antique Coffee Table with Natural Patina, Bulging Legs and Waisted Apron
Located in Yonkers, NY
An antique Chinese coffee table from the early 20th century, with natural patina and bulging legs ending in horse-hoof feet. Born in China in the early years of the 20th century, thi...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Wood

Rustic Chinese 19th Century Elm Coffee Table with Large Scrolling Feet
Located in Yonkers, NY
An antique Chinese elmwood coffee table from the 19th century, with scrolling base. Born in China during the 19th century, this rustic yet elegant coffee table features a rectangular...
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Antique 19th Century Chinese Rustic Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Wood

Chinese Bamboo Square Coffee Table with Black-Lacquered Top, circa 1850
Located in Miami, FL
A fine and very beautiful Chinese table with square, black-lacquered top over a bamboo frame with four legs and an open geometric design on the apron that are woven. China, circa mid...
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Antique Mid-19th Century Chinese Qing Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Bamboo, Wood

English Chinese Chippendale Faux Bamboo Glass Brass Tray Top Coffee Table
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Vintage English Chinese Chippendale style faux bamboo glass brass tray top coffee table. Item features carved wood faux bamboo wood base, tortoiseshell finish, removable glass top wi...
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Mid-20th Century North American Chinese Chippendale Coffee and Cocktail ...

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Brass

Chinese Ming Dynasty Style Coffee Table with Natural Patina and Chow Legs
Located in Yonkers, NY
A vintage Chinese Ming dynasty style coffee table from the mid-20th century, with pierced apron and bulging chow legs. Born in China during the midcentury period, this Chinese Ming s...
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Mid-20th Century Chinese Ming Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Wood

Antique Chinese Wooden Coffee Table with Dark Patina and Woven Rattan Top
Located in Yonkers, NY
An antique Chinese wooden coffee table from the early 20th century, with dark burgundy patina, woven rattan top and sturdy horse hoofed legs. Born in China during the early years of ...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Wood, Rattan

Antique Elm and Wicker Long Coffee Table from Southern China, Late 1800s
Located in Yonkers, NY
A late 19th century long Chinese elm and wicker rectangular coffee table. This coffee table comes from Southern China, where it was made with elm and wicker in the late 19th century....
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Antique Late 19th Century Chinese Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Rattan, Wood, Elm

Thomasville Fretwork Fret Work Table Chinese Chippendale Coffee Cocktail
By Thomasville
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Vintage Hollywood Palm Beach Regency Thomasville Chinese Chippendale Chinoiserie fretwork Fret work coffee table with glass top. Original vintage painted finish which may have scuf...
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20th Century American Hollywood Regency Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Glass, Wood

Chinese Early 20th Century Black Lacquered Coffee Table with Stone Top Inset
Located in Yonkers, NY
A Chinese black lacquered coffee table from the early 20th century, with stone top. Created in China during the early years of the 20th century, this black lacquered coffee table fea...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Stone

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, Wood

Large Chinese 19th Century Qing Dynasty Waisted Coffee Table with Rattan Insert
Located in Yonkers, NY
A Chinese Qing dynasty period opium bed coffee table from the 19th century, with rattan insert and scrolling legs. Created in China during the 19th century, this coffee table feature...
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Antique 19th Century Chinese Qing Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Wood, Rattan

Antique Chinese Low Table
Located in Rochester, NY
Antique 19th century Chinese low table / coffee table with an incredibly beautiful archaic form and nicely aged original color and great old surface. Two board top is removable / the...
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Antique Late 19th Century Chinese Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Wood

  • Antique Chinese Low Table
  • Antique Chinese Low Table
  • Antique Chinese Low Table
  • Antique Chinese Low Table
H 12 in. W 47 in. D 17.50 in.
Antique Chinese Red Lacquered Elmwood Bed / Coffee Table from the 19th Century
Located in Yonkers, NY
A red lacquered Elmwood Chinese bed / coffee table from the 1800s. The red lacquer displays a soft patina, typical of traditional Chinese lacquer art. This table features a clean to...
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Antique 19th Century Chinese Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Wood, Elm

Chinese Qing 19th Century Coffee Table with Storage and Painted Floral Decor
Located in Yonkers, NY
A Chinese Qing dynasty period low coffee table with storage from the 19th century, with hand painted floral decor. Crafted in China during the 19th century, this low coffee table cha...
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Antique 19th Century Chinese Qing Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Wood

Chinese Antique Large Rattan Basket Coffee Table with Dark Brown Patina and Lid
Located in Yonkers, NY
A Chinese antique basket coffee table from the early 20th century, made of dark brown woven rattan over wood. Born in China during the early years of the 20th century, this charming ...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Rustic Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Rattan, Wood

"Chinese Style Coffee Table" in Yellow Python by Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
"Chinese Style Coffee Table" in yellow python by Karl Springer, American, 1970s.
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Vintage 1970s American Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Wood, Python

Mid-Century Modern Chinese Red Painted Rectangle Parsons Coffee Table
By (after) Jean Michel Frank
Located in Topeka, KS
Stunning Mid-Century Modern Chinese red painted wood rectangle Parsons style coffee table. Wonderful vintage condition. Minor imperfections consistent with use. Please see photos, ci...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Wood

Early 20th Century Chinese Lacquer Coffee Table, from France
By Schumacher
Located in New York, NY
This 20th century Chinese lacquer coffee table is from France. Since Schumacher was founded in 1889, our family-owned company has been synonymous with style, taste, and innovation...
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Early 20th Century French Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Wood, Lacquer

Aurea Coffee Table by Sun at Six, Nude, Minimalist / Midcentury Table in Wood
By Sun at Six
Located in San Jose, CA
Sun at Six is a contemporary furniture design studio that works with traditional Chinese joinery masters to handcraft our pieces using traditional joinery. Our classic round coffee t...
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2010s Chinese Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Oak

Chinese Qing Dynasty 19th Century Opium Mat Coffee Table with Woven Rattan Top
Located in Yonkers, NY
A Chinese Qing Dynasty period opium mat coffee table from the 19th century, with woven rattan top, carved motifs and scrolling legs. Created in China during the Qing Dynasty, this lo...
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Antique 19th Century Chinese Qing Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Wood, Rattan

Aurea Coffee Table by Sun at Six, Sienna Minimalist / Midcentury Table in Wood
By Sun at Six
Located in San Jose, CA
Sun at Six is a contemporary furniture design studio that works with traditional Chinese joinery masters to handcraft our pieces using traditional joinery. Our classic round coffee t...
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2010s Chinese Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Oak

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

Jumu Wood Low Table
Located in Greenwich, CT
Simple Jumu wood low table with framed cane top, beautiful wood grain and texture.
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Antique Early 1900s Chinese Ming Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Wood

  • Jumu Wood Low Table
  • Jumu Wood Low Table
  • Jumu Wood Low Table
  • Jumu Wood Low Table
H 21 in. W 48 in. D 31 in.
Black Chinese Low Cocktail Table
Located in Dallas, TX
This black, low cocktail table is of Chinese origination and has a handmade element to it. The ends are loosely rolled and curl under the table surface as supports for the 'table-top'.
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Antique Mid-19th Century Chinese Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Wood

  • Black Chinese Low Cocktail Table
  • Black Chinese Low Cocktail Table
  • Black Chinese Low Cocktail Table
  • Black Chinese Low Cocktail Table
H 15 in. W 70 in. D 16 in.
Antique Style Coffee Table
Located in Port Chester, NY
With influences from the east and west, this modern wooden coffee table has marquetry and painted top with a bronzed finish frame. Dimensions: 56.25" W x 33.75" D x 19" H.
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21st Century and Contemporary European Chinese Export Coffee and Cocktai...

Materials

Wood

  • Antique Style Coffee Table
  • Antique Style Coffee Table
  • Antique Style Coffee Table
  • Antique Style Coffee Table
H 19 in. W 56.25 in. D 33.75 in.
Antique Chinese Huanghuali Hardwood Table
Located in New York, NY
Antique Chinese Huanghuali hardwood table with a very nice patina and original wear.   
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Antique Early 19th Century Chinese Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Wood

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Chinese Wood Coffee Table For Sale on 1stDibs

Find many varieties of an authentic chinese wood coffee table available at 1stDibs. A chinese wood coffee table — often made from wood, glass and lacquer — can elevate any home. If you’re shopping for a chinese wood coffee table, we have 92 options in-stock, while there are 9 modern editions to choose from as well. You’ve searched high and low for the perfect chinese wood coffee table —, we have versions that date back to the 18th Century alongside those produced as recently as the 21st Century are available. Each chinese wood coffee table bearing Mid-Century Modern, Hollywood Regency or Art Deco hallmarks is very popular. You’ll likely find more than one chinese wood coffee table that is appealing in its simplicity, but Sun at Six, Frank Chou and Modshop produced versions that are worth a look.

How Much are Chinese Wood Coffee Table?

Prices for a chinese wood coffee table start at $425 and top out at $49,000 with the average selling for $3,245.

Finding the Right Coffee Tables Cocktail Tables for You

As a practical centerpiece to your living area, 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.