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Spanish Gilt Metal and Glass Coffee Table
Located in New York, NY
A hammered gilt metal coffee table with shaped legs and stretcher supporting a rectangular glass top, Spain, circa 1960. Size: 16 1/4" high x 60" wide x 20" deep.
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Vintage 1960s Spanish Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Metal

  • Spanish Gilt Metal and Glass Coffee Table
  • Spanish Gilt Metal and Glass Coffee Table
  • Spanish Gilt Metal and Glass Coffee Table
  • Spanish Gilt Metal and Glass Coffee Table
H 16.25 in. W 60 in. D 20 in.
Vintage Gold Gilt Glass Coffee Table
Located in Vancouver, British Columbia
Vintage gold gilt glass coffee table with 3/4? thick glass.
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Mid-20th Century Canadian Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Gold, Iron

  • Vintage Gold Gilt Glass Coffee Table
  • Vintage Gold Gilt Glass Coffee Table
  • Vintage Gold Gilt Glass Coffee Table
  • Vintage Gold Gilt Glass Coffee Table
H 15.5 in. W 54 in. D 24 in.
Moderne Gilt Coffee Table with Glass Top
Located in New York, NY
A circa 1960s French gilt bronze coffee table with original glass top. Measurements: Length 59 3/4" Depth 30" Height 15 3/4".
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Vintage 1940s French Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Brass

  • Moderne Gilt Coffee Table with Glass Top
  • Moderne Gilt Coffee Table with Glass Top
  • Moderne Gilt Coffee Table with Glass Top
  • Moderne Gilt Coffee Table with Glass Top
H 15.75 in. W 59.75 in. D 30 in.
Gilt Bronze Coffee Table with 3 Glass Trays, 1970s
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Coffee table with three round-angled glass trays. Eight fluted gilt bronze column-shaped legs finished by an acorn. Work realized in the 1970s.
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Vintage 1970s European Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Bronze

  • Gilt Bronze Coffee Table with 3 Glass Trays, 1970s
  • Gilt Bronze Coffee Table with 3 Glass Trays, 1970s
  • Gilt Bronze Coffee Table with 3 Glass Trays, 1970s
  • Gilt Bronze Coffee Table with 3 Glass Trays, 1970s
H 19.69 in. W 43.31 in. D 13.78 in.
Gilt Wood Coffee Table
Located in New York, NY
A circa 1940's Italian panted and gilt wood coffee table with 3/4" thick glass top. Measurements: Height: 16.5" Length: 64" Depth: 34.5".
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Vintage 1940s Italian Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Wood, Glass

  • Gilt Wood Coffee Table
  • Gilt Wood Coffee Table
  • Gilt Wood Coffee Table
  • Gilt Wood Coffee Table
H 16.5 in. W 64 in. D 34.5 in.
Empire Style Mahogany Coffee Table with Gilt Glass
Located in Buchanan, NY
An Empire style mahogany bronze-mounted coffee table with gilt glass, circa 1950.
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Vintage 1950s French Empire Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Glass

Moderne Gilt Coffee Table 
Located in New York, NY
A circa 1970's Italian gilt coffee table with glass top. Measurements: Height: 16.5" Width: 30" Length: 50"
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Vintage 1970s Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Glass

  • Moderne Gilt Coffee Table 
  • Moderne Gilt Coffee Table 
  • Moderne Gilt Coffee Table 
  • Moderne Gilt Coffee Table 
H 6.5 in. W 19.69 in. D 11.82 in.
Maison Ramsay Coffee Table Gilt Iron and Glass
By Maison Ramsay
Located in Norwood, NJ
Maison Ramsay Classic Line Gilt Iron and Glass Top Low Table. Stylized coffee/cocktail table. Gilded wrought iron base with four curving legs and scalloped glass top.
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Vintage 1950s French Hollywood Regency Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Gold Leaf, Iron

Gilt Metal Coffee Table
Located in Atlanta, GA
Gilt metal coffee table, American, circa 2000s. Based on a 1930s French Art Deco design, this table is constructed of gilt metal with an inset glass top.
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Early 2000s American Art Deco Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Metal

  • Gilt Metal Coffee Table
  • Gilt Metal Coffee Table
  • Gilt Metal Coffee Table
  • Gilt Metal Coffee Table
H 20.25 in. W 42.5 in. D 27.75 in.
Phyllis Morris Gilt Tassels and Glass Coffee Table
By Phyllis Morris
Located in Chicago, IL
Legs of gilt cast metal in the form of tassels attach through the thick rectangular glass top of this striking coffee table. The hemispherical tops are threaded onto the legs to secu...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Metal

Francisco Hurtado Foliate Parcel-Gilt and Glass Coffee Table
By Francisco Hurtado
Located in Chicago, IL
Unusual parcel gilt resin coffee table with 5/8" glass top. The base is a stylized bouquet of flowers, with leaf detail at the bottom, and the round glass top affixed to the floral a...
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Vintage 1950s Spanish Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Resin, Glass

Gold Gilt Rectangle Frame Thick Glass Top Coffee Table
By Walter Lamb
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Heavy welded frame gold finish thick glass top coffee table.
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20th Century Unknown Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Steel

1940s Gilt Iron Coffee Table with Clear Glass
Located in Buchanan, NY
Italian, 1940s gilt iron coffee table with clear glass surface.  
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Vintage 1940s Italian Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Iron

Gilt Iron Base Coffee Table with Plate Glass Top
By Maison Ramsay
Located in New York, NY
High style gilt metal base with thick (.75 inch ) plate glass top. The base features cabriole legs, each having an articulated pad foot, and three vertical supports. Base without gla...
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Mid-20th Century French Hollywood Regency Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Wrought Iron

French Ebonized Coffee Table with Gilt Eglomise Glass Top
By Maison Jansen
Located in Charleston, SC
Extremely Deco coffee table by its ebonized wood contrast with the gilded glass top as well as its "cutted" corners over unwedged squared tapered legs adorned on three sides by a gol...
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Early 20th Century French Art Deco Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Glass, Wood

Italian Gilt Iron and Black Glass Cocktail or Coffee Table
Located in Troy, MI
Italian low cocktail or coffee table with gilded iron base, scrolled feet and black glass tabletop, circa 1930s.
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Vintage 1930s Italian Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Iron

Faux Bamboo Glass and Gilt Metal Coffee Table
Located in Redding, CT
Faux bamboo glass and gilt metal coffee table. Elegant and sleek designer coffee table with rounded glass corners. Perfect for that designer living room.
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Metal

Faux Bamboo Gilt Glass Coffee Table by Jansen
Located in Stamford, CT
Beautiful Mid-Century gilt bronze faux bamboo style based coffee table with gold leaf glass top, by Jansen.
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Vintage 1960s Argentine Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Metal

Small Round Gilt Coffee Table with Glass Top
Located in Buchanan, NY
A small round gilt metal coffee table with clear glass top. The legs are scrolled and the iron work has a wonderful hand applied gilt finish, Spanish, 1950s.
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Vintage 1950s Spanish Neoclassical Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Metal

Gilt Iron and Glass Faux Bamboo Coffee Table
Located in New York, NY
Iron Faux Bamboo coffee table with glass top, Gilt finish
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Vintage 1960s Spanish Regency Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Iron

Italian Midcentury Gilt Braided Rope and Oval Glass Coffee Table
By Maison Jansen
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Italian, midcentury, Hollywood Regency, coffee or cocktail table features a gilt iron, braided, rope motif base with a thick oval glass top.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Hollywood Regency Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Iron

Hollywood Regency Gilt Iron and Glass Faux Bamboo Coffee Table
Located in New York, NY
Iron faux bamboo coffee table with glass top, gilt finish. Can be boxed and shipped without glass top.
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Vintage 1960s Spanish Hollywood Regency Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Iron

Maison Charles Gilt Bronze and Glass, Mid-Century Coffee Table
By Maison Charles
Located in Chicago, IL
An elegant gilt bronze and glass coffee table by Maison Charles. The table has a beveled serpentine thick glass top. It is supported by four bronze foliate cabriole legs with drop ac...
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Vintage 1960s French Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Bronze

Monumental Phyllis Morris Gilt Tassel and Glass Cocktail / Coffee Table
By Phyllis Morris
Located in Buffalo, NY
Monumental 74" Phyllis Morris gilt tassel and glass cocktail / coffee table,, custom one inch thick kidney bean shape glass top,, Stunning ,dramatic design, Retains original Phyllis ...
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Vintage 1960s American Hollywood Regency Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Aluminum

Gilt Faux-Bamboo Coffee Table with Glass Top
Located in Stamford, CT
Hollywood Regency style gilt faux-bamboo base coffee table with oval glass top.
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20th Century American Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Metal

Arturo Pani Gilt Iron and Glass Coffee or Cocktail Table
By Arturo Pani
Located in Miami, FL
Arch form coffee or cocktail table rendered in gilt iron and glass, designed by Arturo Pani, Mexico, 1950s.
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Mid-20th Century Mexican Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Iron

Midcentury Gilt Coffee Table
Located in Port Chester, NY
Midcentury style rectangle coffee table with clear tempered glass top and shelf, straight legs, and portrait frame detail on the table sides, has a “gold leaf” finish on a steel fram...
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21st Century and Contemporary European Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Coc...

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Metal

  • Midcentury Gilt Coffee Table
  • Midcentury Gilt Coffee Table
  • Midcentury Gilt Coffee Table
  • Midcentury Gilt Coffee Table
H 20 in. W 48 in. D 28 in.
Gilt Faux Bamboo Metal Coffee Table with Surf Board Glass Top
Located in Chicago, IL
Excellent design and patina, this gilt metal bamboo form coffee table features a unique diamond-shaped base. The gold leaf finish has a beautiful patina with some of the red bole sho...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Iron

Mid-20th Century Gilt Metal Coffee Table with Glass Top
Located in Atlanta, GA
Mid-20th century gilt metal coffee table with glass top.
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Mid-20th Century Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Metal

Italian Gilt Metal Floral Coffee Table
Located in New York, NY
Italian gilt metal floral coffee table with glass top. Base measures: 17" height x 36.5" in diameter.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Hollywood Regency Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Metal

Wonderful French Bagues Gilt Iron Scalloped Ogee Glass Coffee Cocktail Table
By Maison Baguès
Located in Roslyn, NY
A wonderful French gilt iron scalloped / ogee edge glass coffee / cocktail table.
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20th Century French Belle Époque Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Iron

Brutalist Gilt Iron Lotus Coffee Table with Glass Top
Located in Chicago, IL
Petite coffee table, featuring heavy iron base supports and original glass top. Has a total of six legs, with sinuous iron stretchers that support the asymmetrical placement of a met...
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Vintage 1970s American Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Iron

Hollywood Regency Italian Gilt Iron and Glass Coffee Table
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A simple yet ornamental coffee table. It features an extremely heavy gilt cast iron solid base and a thick oval glass top. The table is in excellent all-around condition and showing ...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Hollywood Regency Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Iron

X Base Rectangular Mid Century Modern Gilt Faux Bamboo Glass Top Coffee Table
By Anne Jansen
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Long rectangle faux bamboo coffee table with heavy 3/4" thick glass top. In style of Maison Bagues In style of Maison Bagues
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20th Century Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Gilt Metal

1940s French Gilt Glass and Ebonized Wood Coffee Table, by Jansen
By Maison Jansen
Located in New York, NY
French 1940s ebonized and gilt trimmed rectangular coffee table with pedestal sides connected with a stretcher and supporting an inset gilt glass top (stamped: JANSEN). Maison Janse...
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Vintage 1940s French Art Deco Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Glass, Wood

Elegant Gilt Metal Oval Coffee Table
Located in Atlanta, GA
Elegant gilt metal oval coffee table, probably American, circa 1960s. The glass top has some scratches and you may prefer to get a replacement glass cut top on your end, which would...
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Vintage 1960s American Hollywood Regency Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Metal

  • Elegant Gilt Metal Oval Coffee Table
  • Elegant Gilt Metal Oval Coffee Table
  • Elegant Gilt Metal Oval Coffee Table
  • Elegant Gilt Metal Oval Coffee Table
H 17.5 in. W 41.5 in. D 22 in.
1930s Italian Renaissance Style Gilt Wrought Iron and Glass Coffee Table
Located in New York, NY
Italian Renaissance style (1930s) gilt wrought iron coffee table with a rectangular beveled glass top supported on a base with a stretcher having ring sides and a centered small shel...
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Vintage 1930s Unknown Renaissance Revival Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Wrought Iron

S.X. Graham Gilt Iron Coffee Table
Located in Highland, IN
A striking design from California's S.X. Graham, this coffee table has an elegant base of gilded iron which supports a thick glass top.
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Vintage 1970s American Hollywood Regency Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Iron

  • S.X. Graham Gilt Iron Coffee Table
  • S.X. Graham Gilt Iron Coffee Table
  • S.X. Graham Gilt Iron Coffee Table
  • S.X. Graham Gilt Iron Coffee Table
H 15 in. W 29.75 in. D 60 in.
Gilt Iron Coffee Table with Scalloped Glass Top
Located in Tarrytown, NY
Italian gilt iron coffee table with scalloped glass top.
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Vintage 1960s Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Deco Style Silver Gilt Glass Top Coffee Table
Located in Swedesboro, NJ
Silver gilt metal base. Round glass top.
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20th Century Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Mid Century Hollywood Regency Gilt Iron Base Coffee Table with Elliptical Glass
Located in Topeka, KS
Awesome mid-century Hollywood Regency gilt iron base coffee or cocktail table with elliptical or surfboard shaped glass top. In wonderful vintage condition although the glass top had...
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20th Century Unknown Hollywood Regency Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Iron

Wonderful Baguès Jansen Faux Bamboo Gilt Bronze Glass Top Coffee Cocktail Table
By Maison Jansen
Located in Roslyn, NY
A wonderful Baguès / Jansen style faux bamboo gilt bronze & glass top coffee / cocktail table.
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Bronze

Wonderful Square Glass Palm Tree Leaf Form Gilt Bronze Guerin Coffee Table
By P. E. Guerin
Located in Roslyn, NY
A Wonderful Square Glass Palm Tree Leaf Form & Gilt Bronze Coffee / Cocktail Table In The Manner Of P.E. Guerin Stamped Made In Italy On The Bottom Of Each Leg
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20th Century Italian Belle Époque Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Bronze

Beautiful Rare Round Gold Gilt Coffee Table with Removable Round Glass Shelves
Located in Marcq-en-Baroeul, FR
This rare round coffee table is gold gilt on chrome. The gilt left a little bit on some areas, which gives it a great patina. It is very nice and convenient with its removable round ...
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Vintage 1970s French Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Chrome

Italian Midcentury Coffee Tables, Faux Bamboo in Gilt Metal, Smoked Glass Top
Located in Vigonza, Padua
Italy Mid-Century Modern coffee tables, faux bamboo in gilt metal, smoked glass top. Measures cm: H 34, W 41, D 41.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Brass

1970s Italian Gilt Coffee Table
Located in New York City, NY
1970s cast iron gilded Italian coffee table with 3/4 thick glass.
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Iron

  • 1970s Italian Gilt Coffee Table
  • 1970s Italian Gilt Coffee Table
  • 1970s Italian Gilt Coffee Table
  • 1970s Italian Gilt Coffee Table
H 15.5 in. W 54 in. D 22 in.
Vintage Arturo Pani Style Gold Gilt Iron & Glass Hollywood Regency Coffee Table
By Arturo Pani
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Very unique, high quality, gold gilt iron coffee table with exaggerated scrolling legs and a thick .75", notched corner, glass top attributed to Mexican architect or designer Arturo ...
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20th Century Mexican Hollywood Regency Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Iron

Hollywood Regency Mahogany Gilt Glass Top Jansen Style Coffee Table
By Maison Jansen
Located in Stamford, CT
A mahogany gilt glass top Jansen style coffee table in the Hollywood Regency style with brass mounts throughout. Having tapering legs supporting a carved apron frame.
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Mid-20th Century Hollywood Regency Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Glass, Wood

Midcentury Art Deco Painted Gilt Etched Glass and Mirror Occasional Coffee Table
Located in Encinitas, CA
Midcentury Art Deco style occasional table with lovely painted gilt base pedestals supporting a shaped top glass with etched floral, gold diamond shape, and triple margin on undersid...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Art Deco Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Glass, Wood, Wood

Coffee Table Maison Jansen Midcentury Mirror edge Glass and Gilt Brass Base
By Maison Jansen
Located in FR
Coffee table Maison Jansen Original mirror edge glass top Classic gilt metal Louis XVI style base In good original condition with only minor marks on the mirror edge please see phot...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Brass

Maison Ramsay, Coffee Table in Gilt Iron, 1950’s
By Jean-Charles Moreux
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Jean-Charles Moreux for Maison Ramsay, in the style of. Rectangular coffee table in gilt iron standing on four curved legs stylized as horse head and hoof connected by two X-shape...
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Vintage 1950s European Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Iron

  • Maison Ramsay, Coffee Table in Gilt Iron, 1950’s
  • Maison Ramsay, Coffee Table in Gilt Iron, 1950’s
  • Maison Ramsay, Coffee Table in Gilt Iron, 1950’s
  • Maison Ramsay, Coffee Table in Gilt Iron, 1950’s
H 16.93 in. W 36.62 in. D 19.69 in.
Midcentury Glass Top Coffee Table with Classical Gilt Metal Frame
By Maison Jansen
Located in New York, NY
Midcentury glass top coffee or cocktail table with a classical style frame in gilt metal. The piece is reminiscent of the style of Maison Jansen and is in great vintage condition wit...
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Mid-20th Century Neoclassical Revival Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Metal

Round Decorative Gilt Wrought Iron Base Glass Top Sunburst Coffee Table
By Jean Royère
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Mid-Century Modern Hollywood Regency iron base glass top round coffee table.
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Wrought Iron

Twisted Wrought Iron Rope Gold Gilt Base Oval Racetrack Glass Top Coffee Table
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Decorative gold gilt wrought iron base 3/4" thick glass top coffee table.   
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20th Century Italian Art Deco Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Iron

Hollywood Regency Octagonal Beveled Glass Top Coffee Table with Gilt Base
Located in San Francisco, CA
A Hollywood Regency style octagonal coffee table with a thick clear beveled glass top, supported on a faux gilt-painted wrought iron base, the supports in the form of stylized treble...
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Vintage 1970s American Hollywood Regency Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Iron

Maison Ramsey Gilt Iron and Articulated Glass Coffee Table
By Maison Ramsay
Located in Stamford, CT
A shaped glass top coffee table with a gilt iron base by Maison Ramsey.
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Vintage 1970s French Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Iron

Hollywood Regency Gilt Iron Scroll Knocker Rippled Glass Top Coffee Table
By Arthur Court
Located in Saint Petersburg, FL
Spectacular vintage Hollywood Regency coffee table with rippled glass top. Heavy, iron metal base gilded with gold and black fleck color paint. Elegant blossoming scroll form with he...
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Vintage 1960s American Hollywood Regency Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Metal, Iron

Italian 19th Century Elegantly Carved Gilt Wood Coffee Table with Glass Top
Located in Atlanta, GA
A 19th century Italian tree limb and floral carved wood base table with glass top. This antique Italian table features a hand-carved base in a cut flowering tree limb style with stun...
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Antique 19th Century Italian Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Wood, Wood, Giltwood, Glass

Gilt Metal Coffee Table by Rene Drouet, 1940s
By René Drouet
Located in Ottenburg, BE
Vintage coffee table designed by René Drouet (1899–1993). The table has a gilded wrought iron base and the original glass top with a small chip, but not disturbing. We can also pr...
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Vintage 1940s European Neoclassical Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Metal

Elegant Giltwood and Glass Coffee Table
By P. E. Guerin
Located in Atlanta, GA
Elegant giltwood and glass coffee table, in the manner of P.E. Guerin, but probably Italian, circa 1950s.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Hollywood Regency Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Glass, Wood

  • Elegant Giltwood and Glass Coffee Table
  • Elegant Giltwood and Glass Coffee Table
  • Elegant Giltwood and Glass Coffee Table
  • Elegant Giltwood and Glass Coffee Table
H 15.5 in. W 48 in. D 24 in.
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Coffee Table Glass Gilt For Sale on 1stDibs

With a vast inventory of beautiful furniture at 1stDibs, we’ve got just the coffee table glass gilt you’re looking for. A coffee table glass gilt — often made from glass, metal and iron — can elevate any home. Find 645 options for an antique or vintage coffee table glass gilt now, or shop our selection of 11 modern versions for a more contemporary example of this long-cherished piece. There are many kinds of the coffee table glass gilt you’re looking for, from those produced as long ago as the 18th Century to those made as recently as the 21st Century. Each coffee table glass gilt bearing Mid-Century Modern, Hollywood Regency or Modern hallmarks is very popular. Maison Jansen, Maison Ramsay and Maison Baguès each produced at least one beautiful coffee table glass gilt that is worth considering.

How Much is a Coffee Table Glass Gilt?

The average selling price for a coffee table glass gilt at 1stDibs is $2,808, while they’re typically $10 on the low end and $106,173 for the highest priced.

Finding the Right Coffee and 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.