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French Round Sycamore Wood Coffee or Side Table in Style of Andre Arbus
By André Arbus
Located in Chicago, IL
Round French coffee table or side table in the style of Andre Arbus. Sycamore veneer sun burst decorative top and with solid Sycamore legs with applied decorative motifs to the legs.
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Vintage 1940s French Mid-Century Modern End Tables

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Sycamore

French, 1940s Coffee Table
By René Prou
Located in Isle Sur La Sorgue, Vaucluse
Elegant and petite Art Deco coffee or side table, with a wrought iron base presenting curlicue motifs around the apron, and cabriole legs. The iron has traces of the original gold an...
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Mid-20th Century French Art Deco Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Travertine, Wrought Iron

  • French, 1940s Coffee Table
  • French, 1940s Coffee Table
  • French, 1940s Coffee Table
  • French, 1940s Coffee Table
H 18.12 in. W 24.81 in. D 16.54 in.
René Drouet French 1940s Coffee Table Wrought Iron and Églomisé Mirrored Top
By René Drouet
Located in Sharon, CT
Offering an iconic etched mirrored glass and painted and gilt wrought iron French 1940s coffee table. Pierre Adrien Ekman attributed églomisé mirror top.
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Vintage 1940s French Hollywood Regency Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Iron

French 1940s "Arrow" Coffee Table
Located in Isle Sur La Sorgue, Vaucluse
A chic wrought iron coffee table, painted a glossy black, with gilt arrow-heads and twisted rope detail on the table top surround. The top is green marble, veined with black and w...
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Vintage 1940s French Coffee and Cocktail Tables

  • French 1940s "Arrow" Coffee Table
  • French 1940s "Arrow" Coffee Table
  • French 1940s "Arrow" Coffee Table
  • French 1940s "Arrow" Coffee Table
H 19.69 in. W 29.93 in. D 16.15 in.
French 1940s Long Low Coffee Table
Located in Philadelphia, PA
French 1940s long, low, gilt forged iron coffee table with glass top.
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Vintage 1940s French Art Deco Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Iron

  • French 1940s Long Low Coffee Table
  • French 1940s Long Low Coffee Table
  • French 1940s Long Low Coffee Table
  • French 1940s Long Low Coffee Table
H 15.5 in. W 60 in. D 15.5 in.
1940s French Iron and Marble Coffee Table
Located in High Point, NC
This coffee table was made in France, circa 1940. The rectangular, deep pink marble top rests on an iron frame and presents a stunning accent to any room. The decorative legs feature...
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Vintage 1940s French French Provincial Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Marble, Wrought Iron

  • 1940s French Iron and Marble Coffee Table
  • 1940s French Iron and Marble Coffee Table
  • 1940s French Iron and Marble Coffee Table
  • 1940s French Iron and Marble Coffee Table
H 20.3 in. W 24.4 in. D 17.7 in.
1940's French Mirrored Coffee Table
Located in New York, NY
1940's French coffee table with a bronze and brass base supporting a round decorated mirror top.
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Vintage 1940s French Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Bronze, Brass

  • 1940's French Mirrored Coffee Table
  • 1940's French Mirrored Coffee Table
  • 1940's French Mirrored Coffee Table
  • 1940's French Mirrored Coffee Table
H 19.75 in. Dm 31.75 in.
French 1940s Round Metal Coffee Table
By Maison Jansen
Located in New York, NY
French 1940s round metal coffee table with four legs connected by a stretcher with a centre ring and supporting a glass top modern (stamped: JANSEN). Maison Jansen was a Paris-based...
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Early 20th Century French Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Metal

  • French 1940s Round Metal Coffee Table
  • French 1940s Round Metal Coffee Table
  • French 1940s Round Metal Coffee Table
  • French 1940s Round Metal Coffee Table
H 17 in. W 37 in. D 37 in.
Gilt Wrought-Iron & Travertine Coffee Table, France, 1940s
Located in Isle Sur La Sorgue, Vaucluse
Low rectangular table with elegantly stylized cabriole legs and apron, and a curving X-shape stretcher. The travertine top is raised.
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Vintage 1940s French Art Deco Coffee and Cocktail Tables

French Mid-Century Modern Coffee Table, circa 1940s
Located in Chicago, IL
French Mid-Century Modern coffee table with a dark tinted mirror top, and brass-plated frame, circa 1940s. Please note surface scratches on the mirror top, (can be replaced, but I co...
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Vintage 1940s French Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Mirror

1940s French Regency Style Coffee Table by Jansen
By Maison Jansen
Located in New York, NY
French 1940s (Regency style) ebonized rectangular top coffee table with a shelf and bronze top edge with lion head trim and hoof feet (stamped: JANSEN).
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Vintage 1940s French Regency Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Bronze

1940s French Textured Bronze Mirror and Brass Coffee Table
Located in Dallas, TX
Beautifully designed coffee table with original, antiqued bronze, textured mirrored top. Neoclassical design to the stretchers and legs. Rosette caps on legs.
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Vintage 1940s French Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Mirror

French Art Deco Maple Coffee Table, 1940s
Located in Traversetolo, IT
Simple but really beautiful French Art Deco coffee table, 1940. It has a maple top and stylish legs that give a very elegant touch to the table. You can see from the pictures the pat...
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Vintage 1950s French Art Deco Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Maple

Chic French 1940s Lacquer Small Coffee Table or Side Table
By André Arbus
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Chic French 1940s lacquer small coffee table or side table. Black lacquer and brass sabots. In the style of André Arbus.
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Vintage 1940s French Neoclassical Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Brass

French 1940s Gilt Iron Coffee Table with Marble Top
Located in Buchanan, NY
French gilt iron coffee table with marble top.
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Vintage 1940s French Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Iron

Coffee Table by Dominique, France, 1940's
By André Domin, Dominique
Located in New York, NY
Mahogany with gilt bronze trim and an inset glass tablet top, raised on four tapered and square legs with bronze sabots, headed with limestone carvings and braced with an X-form cros...
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Vintage 1940s French Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Limestone, Bronze

French 1940s Style Red Lacquered Coffee Table
Located in New York, NY
French 1940s style (modern) brass trim and red lacquered coffee table with a rounded corner rectangular top over 4 legs and stretcher.
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20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Brass

Chic French 1940s Lacquer Small Coffee Table or Side Table
By André Arbus
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Chic French 40's Lacquer Small Coffee Table or Side Table. Black lacquer and brass sabots. In the style of André Arbus.
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Vintage 1940s French Neoclassical Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Brass

Audoux Minet Rope Coffee Table Vibo Vesoul, France, 1940s
By Vibo, Adrien Audoux and Frida Minet
Located in London, GB
French designers Adrien Audoux and Frida Minet were committed to a design ethos based on accessible materials as a means of serving modern life. In reaction to the Paris Exposition d...
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Vintage 1940s French Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Seagrass, Wood

French 1940s Wrought Iron Coffee Table with Grey Marble
Located in Buchanan, NY
Wrought iron coffee table with braided iron detail and a light grey marble.
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Vintage 1940s French Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Marble, Iron

Midcentury Art Deco Rosewood Coffee Table, France, 1940s
Located in Saarbruecken, DE
Midcentury Art Deco rosewood coffee table, France, 1940s. With sycamore inlays. Full restored with high gloss lacquer.  
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Vintage 1940s Art Deco Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Palisander

French Art Deco Iron and Marble Coffee Table, 1940s
By Gilbert Poillerat
Located in Austin, TX
An ornate Art Deco marble and painted iron coffee table attributed to Gilbert Poilllerat, French, circa 1940. The iron base is Curule shaped and painted in cream, with two twisted ir...
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Vintage 1940s French Art Deco Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Marble, Wrought Iron

  • French Art Deco Iron and Marble Coffee Table, 1940s
  • French Art Deco Iron and Marble Coffee Table, 1940s
  • French Art Deco Iron and Marble Coffee Table, 1940s
  • French Art Deco Iron and Marble Coffee Table, 1940s
H 21.00 in. W 40.75 in. D 22.00 in.
Round Art Deco Coffee Table, France, 1940s
Located in Isle Sur La Sorgue, Vaucluse
Charming French Art Deco coffee or side table from the 1940s with a heavy yet dainty wrought iron base, with original cream and gold paint. The mirrored top is set in a decorated sur...
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Mid-20th Century French Art Deco Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Wrought Iron

1940s French Leleu Mahogany Coffee Table with Sunburst Top
By Jules Leleu
Located in New York, NY
1940's French coffee table by Jules Leleu. The table is composed of blond mahogany with a round sunburst design top over a bronze composite column stem and bronze trimmed tripod bas...
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Vintage 1940s French Art Deco Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Bronze

Jacques Quinet Brass and Glass Square Coffee Table, France, 1940s
Located in New York, NY
1940s French Jacques Quinet for Malabert square coffee table with glass top and brass base Signature curved leg design details.  
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Vintage 1940s French Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Brass

Trio of Art Deco Wrought Iron Coffee Tables, France, 1940s
Located in Isle Sur La Sorgue, Vaucluse
Chic trio of heavy, wrought iron coffee and side tables: two small round ones and one rectangular, painted dark green with gilt details. The two round tables have glass tops with mir...
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Vintage 1940s French Art Deco Coffee and Cocktail Tables

French 1940s Églomisé Cocktail or Coffee Table with Fish Feet
Located in Chicago, IL
This remarkable French 1940s cocktail or coffee table has exquisite details such as bronze roundels where the curule x’s cross, stylish bronze fish-form feet, and its original painte...
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Vintage 1940s French Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Steel

Unusual Wrought Iron & Marble Coffee Table - France, 1940s
Located in Isle Sur La Sorgue, Vaucluse
Chic late Art Deco period rectangular coffee table with a wrought iron base painted dark green. Brass details. Original marble top.
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20th Century French Art Deco Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Graphic Art Deco Coffee Table, France 1930s - 1940s
Located in Isle Sur La Sorgue, Vaucluse
Elegant Art Deco-period wrought iron coffee table with a marble top. Bold lines, with contrasting graphic zig-zags and elegant loops and scrolls. The marble top is pink and yel...
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Mid-20th Century French Art Deco Coffee and Cocktail Tables

  • Graphic Art Deco Coffee Table, France 1930s - 1940s
  • Graphic Art Deco Coffee Table, France 1930s - 1940s
  • Graphic Art Deco Coffee Table, France 1930s - 1940s
  • Graphic Art Deco Coffee Table, France 1930s - 1940s
H 20.48 in. W 25.99 in. D 51.97 in.
French 1940s Oak and Gilt Finish Coffee Table
Located in New York, NY
French 1940s oak and gilt finish rectangular coffee table with scroll carved legs connected with a stretcher and a distressed mirror inset diamond design top.  
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Early 20th Century French Neoclassical Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Mirror, Oak

  • French 1940s Oak and Gilt Finish Coffee Table
  • French 1940s Oak and Gilt Finish Coffee Table
  • French 1940s Oak and Gilt Finish Coffee Table
  • French 1940s Oak and Gilt Finish Coffee Table
H 19 in. W 47.5 in. D 21.5 in.
French Brass Hollywood Regency Maison Baguès Style Coffee Table, 1940s
By Maison Baguès
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Stunning and rare Hollywood Regency coffee table. In the style of Maison Baguès. Striking French design from the 1940s. Brass base with original Patricia green marble top. In goo...
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Vintage 1940s French Hollywood Regency Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Marble, Brass

French 1940s 'Louis XVI Style' Ebonized Coffee Table
Located in New York, NY
French 1940s (Louis XVI style) ebonized and bronze trimmed coffee table with tapered square legs and off-white leather inset top under glass (stamped: Jansen). Maison Jansen was a P...
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Early 20th Century French Louis XVI Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Bronze

French Black Wood and Brass Art Deco Coffee Table 1940s
Located in Paris, FR
Painted black oak and bright brass accents epitomize the classical French Art Deco palette of the 1940s. The table features a wide surface area with brass accents that trace the outl...
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Vintage 1940s French Art Deco Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Brass

French, 1940s Louis XVI Style Ebonized Coffee Table
By Maison Jansen
Located in New York, NY
French, 1940s (Louis XVI style) ebonized and gilt trimmed coffee table with tapered square legs and gilt glass inset top (stamped: JANSEN). Maison Jansen was a Paris-based interior ...
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Early 20th Century French Louis XVI Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Glass, Wood

French Ceramic and Wrought Iron Sea Floor Coffee Table, 1940s
Located in London, GB
Unattributed 1940s ceramic coffee table representing a sea floor with a large seahorse. Fine quality wrought iron frame in the style of the master of wrought iron Gilbert Poillerat ...
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Vintage 1940s French Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Wrought Iron

1940s Coffee Table by Helena Guastella
By Helena Guastella
Located in New York, NY
1940s coffee table by Helena Guastella with base in wengé wood and top surface in bronze with stylized decoration of a couple in a forest.
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Vintage 1940s French Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Bronze

Art Deco Maison Jansen Round Onyx Large Coffee Table, 1940s, France
By Maison Jansen
Located in Antwerp, BE
Art Deco Maison Jansen coffee, cocktail -table in bronze and very nice bronze floral details, round green marble top with orange veins, circa 1940s, France. Dimensions : W 90cm, H 47...
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Vintage 1940s French Neoclassical Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Onyx

1940's French Coffee Table Attributed to Rene Prou
By René Prou
Located in New York, NY
1940's coffee table attributed to French Art Moderne designer Rene Prou. The table's rectangular white marble top rests upon a gold painted iron base with a curled apron and four cur...
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Vintage 1940s French Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Marble, Iron

1940's French Coffee Table Attributed to Rene Prou
H 18.25 in. W 24.75 in. D 16.5 in.
1940s French Mosaic and Lucite Coffee Table, Attributed to Maison Jansen
By Maison Jansen
Located in New York, NY
1940s French Lucite rectangular coffee table with 12 black, white, and gold tiles. Attributed to Maison Jansen. Maison Jansen was a Paris-based interior decoration office founded ...
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Vintage 1940s French Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Ceramic, Lucite

French 1940s Rectangular Ormolu and Travertine Marble Coffee Table
By Jean-Charles Moreux
Located in New York, NY
French 1940s rectangular ormolu and travertine marble coffee table with rectangular top above scroll-headed tapering legs (Attributed: Jean-Charles Moreux).     
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20th Century French Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Travertine, Ormolu

Scroll Design 1940s Mirrored Coffee table / Side Table
By Jacques Adnet
Located in London, GB
A strikingly elegant 1940s coffee table, composed of a bevelled mirrored glass top supported by sweeping dark wood cheval legs.
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Vintage 1940s French Art Deco Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Wood

French 1940s Cocktail Table
Located in Cathedral City, CA
French black lacquer and white finish coffee table with mirror top
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Vintage 1940s French Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Brass

  • French 1940s Cocktail Table
  • French 1940s Cocktail Table
  • French 1940s Cocktail Table
  • French 1940s Cocktail Table
H 19 in. W 29.5 in. D 15.75 in.
Wrought Iron and Travertine Coffee Table, France, 1940s-1950s
Located in Isle Sur La Sorgue, Vaucluse
Long rectangular coffee table of lovely quality and design, with a heavy wrought iron base and an off-white travertine top.
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Mid-20th Century French Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Art Deco Coffee Table Attributed to Poillerat, France, 1940s
By Gilbert Poillerat
Located in Isle Sur La Sorgue, Vaucluse
Rectangular coffee table almost certainly by Gilbert Poillerat, in cream and gilt wrought iron. Twisted rope detailing around the original pink or grey marble top. Spheres and hangin...
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Mid-20th Century French Art Deco Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Empire Style 1940s Baguès Bronze Coffee Table
By Maison Baguès
Located in Mt. Kisco, NY
Empire style 1940s Baguès gilt bronze coffee table having distressed mirrored top, hoofed feet, scrolled supports with ram's head caps and tassel accents all joined by an h-stretcher...
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Vintage 1940s French Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Bronze

French 1940s Art Deco Coffee Table with Églomisé Top
Located in Isle Sur La Sorgue, Vaucluse
Pretty iron coffee table, raised on cabriole legs, with a scallop-edged églomisé mirror top. The base is painted in original cream color, with gold accents.
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Mid-20th Century French Art Deco Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Iron

French 1940s 'Louis XVI Style' Ebonized Trimmed Coffee Tables
By Maison Jansen
Located in New York, NY
Two French 1940s (Louis XVI style) ebonized and gilt and bronze trimmed rectangular coffee tables with a drawer on square tapered legs (stamped: JANSEN). Priced each. Maison Jansen ...
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Early 20th Century French Louis XVI Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Bronze

1940s French Circular Gilt Iron Coffee Table with Verre Églomisé Top
Located in New York, NY
French 1940s round gilded hand-hammered iron coffee table with triple scroll design base supporting an églomisé mirror top having a decorated border.
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Vintage 1940s French Art Deco Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Iron

Art Deco Coffee Table in Parchment and Mahogany, France, circa 1940s
Located in New York, NY
This deco coffee table in striped mahogany, featuring gilt-bronze sabots and a lush parchment top, is remarkable for its fine legs, geometric top, rounded corners, and altogether sub...
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Vintage 1940s French Art Deco Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Bronze

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

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Glass, Wood

French Art Deco Iron/Marble Coffee Table Attributed to Robert Merceris, 1940s
By Robert Merceris
Located in Austin, TX
Attributed to designer Robert Merceris, this glamorous French Art Deco coffee or side table has a black and gold forged iron base with scrolls and gilded acanthus leaf motifs. The ma...
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Vintage 1940s French Art Deco Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Marble, Iron

French Neoclassical Mirrored Top Mahogany Coffee or Side Table, 1940s
Located in Austin, TX
A petite mirrored mahogany coffee or side table, French, circa 1940. The carved legs curve gracefully into a lyre shape, both resting on molded bases. Simple rectangular mahogany fra...
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Mid-20th Century French Neoclassical Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Mirror, Mahogany

Vintage French 1940's Maison Jansen Gilt Bronze Coffee Table
By Maison Jansen
Located in Chicago, IL
Extraordinary vintage French Maison Jansen neoclassical gilt bronze coffee table base married to a new mirrored glass top with an aged appearance. This enticing table pleases the sen...
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Vintage 1940s French Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Ormolu

1940s Coffee Table Attributed to Raymond Subes
By Raymond Subes
Located in Miami, FL
Superb coffee table attributed to Raymond Subes, bronze and Vert de Mer marble top, very heavy and sturdy. Pair available.
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Vintage 1940s French Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Marble, Bronze

French Midcentury Gilded Metal Coffee Table with Glass Top, 1940s
Located in Austin, TX
A midcentury coffee table in the Louis XV style, circa 1940s, made of striated hammered gilded metal with a clear glass top. Scrolled shaped all around, legs and apron. Great size, s...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Metal

1940s Iron and Marble-Top Coffee Table
Located in Roubaix, FR
Great quality heavy iron base with it's original marble-top coffee table all in excellent condition.  
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Vintage 1940s French Art Deco Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Marble, Berlin Iron

Coffee Table, France, Sheet Metal and Bronze, circa 1940
Located in Nice, Cote d' Azur
Coffee table, Sheet metal tabletop decorated in the style of antique Rome, Bronze foot in the shape of antique sandals, tabletop grips in the shape of hands, France, circa 1940. ...
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Vintage 1940s French Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Bronze, Sheet Metal

French Midcentury Gilded Metal and Mirrored Top Coffee Table, 1940s
Located in Austin, TX
A French midcentury coffee table in the Louis XV style, circa 1940s, made of striated hammered gilded metal with a distressed mirrored top. Scrolled shaped all around, legs and apron...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Metal

Wrought Iron Coffee Table with Eglomisé Mirror Top, France 1940s
Located in Isle Sur La Sorgue, Vaucluse
Delightful and chic round coffee table with a heavily scrolled wrought iron base with zig-zag detail and twisted gilt iron stretcher and table top surround. The base is painted in of...
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Mid-20th Century French Art Deco Coffee and Cocktail Tables

1940's French Art Moderne Scrolling Wrought Iron Coffee Table
Located in New York, NY
1940's French Art Moderne coffee table with a rectangular top composed of bevelled mirrored glass and a two-sided base composed of painted wrought iron cast with repetitive scroll an...
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Vintage 1940s French Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Wrought Iron

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French 1940s Coffee Table For Sale on 1stDibs

With a vast inventory of beautiful furniture at 1stDibs, we’ve got just the French 1940s coffee table you’re looking for. A French 1940s coffee table — often made from metal, glass and iron — can elevate any home. You’ve searched high and low for the perfect French 1940s coffee table — we have versions that date back to the 20th Century alongside those produced as recently as the 20th Century are available. A French 1940s coffee table is a generally popular piece of furniture, but those created in Art Deco, Mid-Century Modern and Neoclassical styles are sought with frequency. Many designers have produced at least one well-made French 1940s coffee table over the years, but those crafted by Maison Jansen, René Drouet and Adrien Audoux and Frida Minet are often thought to be among the most beautiful.

How Much is a French 1940s Coffee Table?

The average selling price for a French 1940s coffee table at 1stDibs is $4,000, while they’re typically $540 on the low end and $28,000 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.