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Anglo-Indian Hand Carved Coffee Table
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Fabulous Anglo-Indian coffee table, great quality and very fine hand carved wood. Rectangular wood coffee table with very interesting art work, Anglo-Indian royal furniture.   
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20th Century Indian Anglo-Indian Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Wood

  • Anglo-Indian Hand Carved Coffee Table
  • Anglo-Indian Hand Carved Coffee Table
  • Anglo-Indian Hand Carved Coffee Table
  • Anglo-Indian Hand Carved Coffee Table
H 21 in. W 64 in. D 34 in.
Large Square Asian Style Hand Carved Coffee Table
Located in Lambertville, NJ
Hand carved dark wood and beveled glass cocktail table in an Asian style. The carved apron and turned in legs with the carving all-over. The glass top fits into the upper frame. The ...
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20th Century American Chinoiserie Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Glass, Wood

1970s Pair of Hand-Carved Coffee Table Wooden Bases
Located in Malaga, ES
1970s pair of hand carved coffee table wooden bases in the shape of Aloe Vera cactus. (price does not include glass top). Measurement of each unit of table standing.  
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Mid-20th Century Spanish Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Wood

  • 1970s Pair of Hand-Carved Coffee Table Wooden Bases
  • 1970s Pair of Hand-Carved Coffee Table Wooden Bases
  • 1970s Pair of Hand-Carved Coffee Table Wooden Bases
  • 1970s Pair of Hand-Carved Coffee Table Wooden Bases
H 19.69 in. W 28.35 in. D 28.35 in.
French Louis XVI Style Marble and Gilt Rectangular Coffee Table, Hand Carved
By La Maison London
Located in London, GB
Louis XVI style hand carved coffee table made by La Maison, London. A Carrara marble top has been made with bevelled edge on all sides, made by La Maison London. Gilt finish.
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2010s English Louis XVI Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Wood

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.
Hand Carved Walnut 'Sculptural Twist' Coffee Table
By Carol Egan
Located in Paris, FR
This ‘Sculptural Twist’ coffee table is designed by blending digital technology with fine traditional craftsmanship. It is part of Carol Egan’s line of contemporary furniture whose t...
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2010s American Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Walnut

  • Hand Carved Walnut 'Sculptural Twist' Coffee Table
  • Hand Carved Walnut 'Sculptural Twist' Coffee Table
  • Hand Carved Walnut 'Sculptural Twist' Coffee Table
  • Hand Carved Walnut 'Sculptural Twist' Coffee Table
H 16.93 in. W 59.85 in. D 16.93 in.
Hand-Carved Chinese Mahogany Chow Coffee Table
Located in Chicago, IL
Hand-carved Chinese mahogany deep curved chow leg coffee table. Beaded border, recessed top panel with long scalloped side aprons.
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Vintage 1960s Chinese Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Mahogany

Carol Egan, Sculptural Hand-Carved Walnut Coffee Table, USA, 2013
By Carol Egan
Located in New York, NY
This sculptural hand-carved table is part of a line of contemporary furniture designed by blending digital technology with fine traditional craftsmanship. Carved of walnut, the piece...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Minimalist Coffee and Cocktail Ta...

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Walnut

Hand Carved 'L'Infini Coffee Table' in Walnut by Gildas Berthelot
By Gildas Berthelot
Located in Paris, FR
Both a cabinetmaker and a visual artist, Gildas Berthelot has forged a unique path in the world of contemporary design over the past 30 years. His vision and his experience give birt...
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2010s Canadian Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Walnut

Hand Carved Wood Faux Bois Tree Branch Coffee or Cocktail Table
Located in Essex, MA
A stylish hand carved wood faux bois (but real wood) rectangular coffee or cocktail table, the legs and frame carved in the form of interlocking tree branches, with an inset, removab...
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20th Century American Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Glass, Softwood

Custom Hand Carved Basketweave Table
By Dos Gallos Studio
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Custom hand carved table with basketweave motif and animal feet. Shown here in Mahogany in a medium to dark finish and light to medium distress. Can be made in any size and finish. ...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Rustic Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Mahogany

Hand Carved Decorative Wood Coffee Table, Morocco, 19th Century
Located in New York, NY
19th century rectangular coffee table from the Sahara region of Morocco. Multicolored decorative cedar wood carved top with carved border and chevron patterned legs. The glass top pr...
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Antique 19th Century Moroccan Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Cedar

Mountain Coffee Table, Hand Carved Marble Top and Metal, Modern Mexican Design
By Comité de Proyectos
Located in Mexico City, MX
One can discover the hand carved mountain underneath by peeking in the lower mirror top. The tabletop is made of a carved block of Monterrey marble or Huichapan marble according to t...
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2010s Mexican Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Marble, Metal

Mesa Table, Hand Carved Oval Coffee Table in Oxidized Maple
By Jeff Martin Joinery
Located in Vancouver, BC
Hand carved custom wooden coffee table with an elevated Mesa portion. Shown in our oval version at 40" x 60" x 16". Open edition with customization welcome.
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21st Century and Contemporary Canadian Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Maple

19th Century Hand Carved Wooden Oriental Coffee Table
Located in Malaga, ES
19th century hand carved wooden oriental coffee table.
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Mid-20th Century Asian Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Wood

Massive Hand Carved Monkey Pod Exotic Hardwood Lovers Embrace Coffee Table
Located in Saint Petersburg, FL
Masterfully hand carved from what must have been a colossal solid piece of monkey pod hardwood. This nude figural sculpture weighs around 250 lbs. Although our photos are an adequate...
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Late 20th Century Southeast Asian Folk Art Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Glass, Hardwood

Carved Wood Double Rams Head Coffee Table
Located in Las Vegas, NV
Unique vintage pair of carved wood, double rams heads make up this chic coffee table. The bases can support a larger piece of glass. Bases are in goods condition. They show patina...
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20th Century Hollywood Regency Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Wood

  • Carved Wood Double Rams Head Coffee Table
  • Carved Wood Double Rams Head Coffee Table
  • Carved Wood Double Rams Head Coffee Table
  • Carved Wood Double Rams Head Coffee Table
H 16 in. W 51 in. D 31.5 in.
Hand Carved Scottish Coffee or Side End Lamp Wine Table Trestle Style circa 1930
Located in London, GB
We are delighted to offer for sale this lovely circa 1930s Scottish hand carved walnut side or coffee trestle table A good looking and well made piece, ideally suited as a compact...
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Vintage 1930s Scottish Arts and Crafts Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Walnut

Andrianna Shamaris Hand Carved St. Barts Teak Wood Coffee Table
By Andrianna Shamaris
Located in New York, NY
Impressive, three inch thick top coffee table produced from reclaimed teak. New to 2020 and available in custom sizes and finishes. Shown with a hand carved waffled style carving. Pe...
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2010s Organic Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Wood, Teak, Reclaimed Wood

Wood Coffee Table with Hand Carved Nut and Bolt Base in Choice of Wood/Finish
By LF Upholstery
Located in Brooklyn, NY
The Bayard coffee table is all hand carved with a whimsical base based on a nut and bolt. All crafted in our shop in Brooklyn with carefully selected wood and finished to your specif...
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2010s American American Classical Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Walnut

Japanese Mahogany Hand Carved Coffee or Opium Table with Silver Inlay
Located in Casteren, NL
An elegant rectangular coffee table or opium table made in solid mahogany with beautiful grain. The table has a rectangular paneled top with delicate inlaid silver wire figures. In ...
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Mid-20th Century Japanese Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Silver

Moorish Carved and Inlaid Teak Folding Coffee Table
Located in London, GB
A Moorish carved and inlaid coffee table. The top comes of and the base folds up to easily store away when not required.
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Early 20th Century Moorish Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Teak, Teak

Early 20th Century Carved Giltwood Coffee Table
Located in Hudson, NY
Early 20th century giltwood table with finely carved exterior base design details. The coffee / center table is in great condition. Minor wear consistent with age / use. The table st...
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Early 20th Century French Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Gold

Carol Egan, Sculptural Hand-Carved Limed Oak Coffee Table, USA, 2015
By Carol Egan
Located in New York, NY
Contemporary hand-carved limed oak coffee table by Carol Egan.
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2010s American Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Oak

Antique Liegoise Carved Oak Coffee Table
Located in Dallas, TX
Antique Liegoise carved oak coffee table exhibits the timeless Louis XIV-inspired styling that is the norm for fine furnishings produced in the area for the past several hundred year...
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Mid-20th Century Belgian Louis XIV Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Oak

  • Antique Liegoise Carved Oak Coffee Table
  • Antique Liegoise Carved Oak Coffee Table
  • Antique Liegoise Carved Oak Coffee Table
  • Antique Liegoise Carved Oak Coffee Table
H 20.5 in. W 40.5 in. D 20.5 in.
Custom Rustic Coffee Table with Hand Hewn Top
By Dos Gallos Studio
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Thin profile coffee table based on a rustic antique table from Guatemala. The top is hand finished with a traditionally hand hewn top and distressed to add character. This table can ...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Rustic Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Wood

Copper Cocktail Table with Stone Top by Robert Kuo, Hand Repoussé, Hand Carved
By Robert Kuo
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Copper cocktail table with stone top Han Bai Yu Stone (White Marble) Hand carved Antique copper base Hand repoussé Marble inclusions is unique. Repoussé is the traditional a...
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2010s Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Marble, Copper

1940s Italian Ornately Carved Wood Coffee Table with Glass Top
Located in London, GB
1940s Italian ornately carved wood coffee table with glass top with hand finished edges.
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Vintage 1940s Italian Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Glass, Wood

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

Italian Renaissance Revival Carved Oak and Walnut Side or Coffee Table
Located in Essex, MA
A well made and beautifully designed Italian Renaissance Revival carved oak and walnut side or coffee table, of rectangular form, the inlaid top over a single deep drawer, supported ...
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Antique 19th Century Italian Renaissance Revival Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Oak, Walnut

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

20th Century Hand Carved Circular Low Table
Located in Larkspur, CA
Mid-20th century hand carved fluted circular low table in antique silver leaf with inset black glass top on recessed base.
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20th Century Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Giltwood

Contemporary Coffee Table Crystal Glass Top Carved Stone Legs Steel Frame
By Cupioli made in Italy
Located in Rimini, IT
This elegant coffee table in contemporary style with bright colors is suitable for your living room. Rectangular Extra light crystal glass top embellished by a shaped edge of 2 cm th...
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21st Century and Contemporary European Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Stone, Crystal, Stainless Steel

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

Hand Carved Wood Floral Ball Table by Sarreid Ltd
By Sarreid Ltd.
Located in Stamford, CT
Exquisite wood floral ball table by Sarreid Ltd of Spain, circa 1960. Hand carved solid wood form with exceptional detail. Forged brass stops secure the glass tabletop. Subtly staine...
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Vintage 1960s Spanish Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Wood

Scoubidou hand-carved occasional table, designed by Nigel Coates
By Nigel Coates
Located in London, GB
Three beautiful tables fuse clean lines of glass and steel with this huge flame shaped hand carved base from the Fratelli Boffi archive. Hand carved wood base, electro-welded stainl...
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21st Century and Contemporary British Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Hardwood

Antique French Carved Oak Hunt Coffee Table Renaissance Black Forest Oval
Located in Shreveport, LA
Direct from France, a stunning antique French carved Black Forest oval coffee table! ~Massive carved pedestal base supported by ornate hand carved dimensional griffins on all four l...
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Antique 1890s French Gothic Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Oak

"The Diamond G" Carved Sahara Noir Marble Coffee Table by Grzegorz Majka
By Grzegorz Majka
Located in London, GB
The Diamond collection proves that everything is possible. It goes beyond the stereotypical thinking that stone is such a heavy and demanding material that could not be processed in ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Polish Minimalist Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Marble

'Barking Up The Wrong Table' charred wood table with hand carved markings
By Charlotte Kingsnorth
Located in London, GB
This is a table cloaked in a reimagined bark. The notched markings found on the bark of a birch tree have been borrowed to make a new coat for this collection. The surface is blacken...
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2010s British Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Maple

Rectangular Coffee Table Crystal Glass Top Carved Stone Bases Handmade in Italy
By Cupioli made in Italy
Located in Rimini, IT
Sober and elegant coffee table in contemporary style with bright colors suitable for your living room. Extra light crystal glass top embellished by a shaped edge of 2 cm thickness a...
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21st Century and Contemporary European Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Stone, Crystal

French Midcentury Solid Rustic Carved Oak Side or Coffee Table, France, 1960s
By Pierre Chapo
Located in Bergen op Zoom, NL
A solid rustic carved oak coffee or side table in the manner of Pierre Chapo Will blend in perfectly in a French Mid-Century Modern interior look Handmade with old and traditio...
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Vintage 1960s French Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Oak

Contemporary Italian Marble Low Table or Bench Hand Carved by Giacomo Ravagli
By Giacomo Ravagli
Located in Milano, IT
Hand carved Bardiglio grey marble low table or bench, 21st century, Italy.
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Marble

Art Deco Coffee Centre Table Gio Ponti Manner Hand-Carved Feet with Gold Leaf
By Gio Ponti
Located in Vigonza, Padua
Wonderful Art Deco coffee centre table, Gio Ponti manner, feline-shaped feet hand-carved with gold leaf applied Measures: H 55 x W 99 x D 54.
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Vintage 1930s Italian Art Deco Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Walnut

Coffee Table, Centre Table
By La Maison London
Located in London, GB
Louis XV style coffee table made by La Maison London. Rocaille revival style, hand-carved in solid wood, finished in hand-painted gesso white. Deep button upholstery with a raspber...
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2010s British Louis XV Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Wood

  • Coffee Table, Centre Table
  • Coffee Table, Centre Table
  • Coffee Table, Centre Table
  • Coffee Table, Centre Table
H 14.97 in. W 47.25 in. D 47.25 in.
Chinoiserie Coffee Table
Located in New York, NY
Italian coffee table with chinoiserie decoration, circa 1940s. Measurements: Height 18.75" Width 39.5" Depth 39.5".
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Vintage 1940s Italian Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Wood, Wood

  • Chinoiserie Coffee Table
  • Chinoiserie Coffee Table
  • Chinoiserie Coffee Table
  • Chinoiserie Coffee Table
H 18.75 in. Dm 40 in.
18th Century Spanish Carved Walnut Coffee Table with Iron Stretcher
Located in Dallas, TX
Crafted in Spain circa 1780, the rectangular antique fruit wood coffee table stands on two carved scrolled legs joined together with a forged iron stretcher; the top is built with a ...
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Antique Late 18th Century Spanish Louis XIII Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Wrought Iron

Unusual Handcrafted, Carved,Painted Bespoke Coffee Table "the Fly" by C.Bret
Located in Buffalo, NY
Unusual handcrafted, carved and painted bespoke coffee table "The Fly" by C.Bret, circa 1995. Playful, whimsical design depicting a fly. Beautifully crafted and carved,
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1990s American Folk Art Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Wood, Wood, Wood

Anglo-Indian Carved Wood and Kashmiri Decorated Coffee Table
Located in Palm Beach, FL
Anglo-Indian coffee table with a papier mâché tray style top embellished with a center medallion decorated with intricate floral designs surrounded by a three tiered circular frame i...
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20th Century Indian Anglo-Indian Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Hardwood

Spanish 19th Century Carved Walnut Coffee Table with Small Storage Compartment
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Spanish 19th Century Carved Walnut Coffee Table with Small Storage Compartment
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Antique 19th Century Spanish Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Walnut, Walnut

Invoke Modern Coffee Table / Bench by CAUV Design Steel and Carved Walnut
By Joseph Cauvel of CAUV Design
Located in Brooklyn, NY
First in the line of pieces by CAUV design exploring the proprietary technique of natural wood grain topography carving. The "Invoke" coffee table / bench was named after the feeling...
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2010s American Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Metal, Metal

19th Century Italian Carved Silver Plated Coffee Table with Glass Top
Located in Dallas, TX
Add extra surface space to your formal living room with this elegant antique coffee table. Created in Italy, circa 1880, the carved wood base and the nicely shaped glass top are the ...
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Antique Late 19th Century Italian Rococo Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Silver Leaf

Italian Mirrored Carved Wood Swaged Coffee Table, circa 1940
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Italian painted and parcel-gilt mirrored top coffee table standing on four tapered legs. Carved ribbon swags gracefully around the coffee table and meet at the carved giltwood tassel...
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Vintage 1940s Italian Neoclassical Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Gold Leaf

18th Century French Louis XIII Carved Walnut Coffee Table with Drawers
Located in Dallas, TX
This elegant and large antique cut down table was crafted in Southern France, circa 1780. Standing on thick turned legs embellished with a decorative rectangular stretcher at the bas...
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Antique Late 18th Century French Louis XIII Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Walnut

Mahogany Chinese Chippendale Style Silver Tea of Coffee Table Fret Work Carved
By Thomas Chippendale
Located in London, GB
We are delighted to offer for sale this stunning antique fretwork carved Chinese Chippendale style silver tray table In a modern sense, this would be classed as a coffee table but...
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Antique 19th Century British Chinese Chippendale Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Mahogany

20th Century African Hand Carved Wooden Table
Located in Chicago, IL
20th century African King's seat from the Bamileke tribe in Cameroon.
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20th Century Cameroonian Tribal Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Wood

Dark Night Coffee Table
Located in Paris, FR
Coffee table dark night with black Sahara marble high quality and with handcrafted solid walnut wood base. Also available with white Calacatta marble top or emperador marble top, on ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Marble

  • Dark Night Coffee Table
  • Dark Night Coffee Table
  • Dark Night Coffee Table
  • Dark Night Coffee Table
H 11.82 in. W 70.87 in. D 40.16 in.
19th Century Italian Carved Silver Leaf Coffee Table with Marble Top
Located in Dallas, TX
Add extra surface space to your formal living room with this elegant antique coffee table, crafted in Italy circa 1850, the cocktail table features two heavily carved vases shape ped...
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Antique Mid-19th Century Italian Classical Roman Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Marble, Silver Leaf

Cesar Gold Coffee Table
Located in Paris, FR
Coffee table Cesar gold with fiber glass base in gold matte finish and with top in walnut wood. With carved clear glass top.
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Glass, Fiberglass, Walnut

  • Cesar Gold Coffee Table
  • Cesar Gold Coffee Table
  • Cesar Gold Coffee Table
  • Cesar Gold Coffee Table
H 15.75 in. W 55.52 in. D 41.74 in.
Early 20th Century French Louis XIII Carved Chestnut Coffee Table with Drawers
Located in Dallas, TX
This elegant, chestnut antique cut down table was crafted in the Pyrenees, the southern mountains of France, circa 1920. Intricately carved on the front and sides, this cocktail tabl...
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Early 20th Century French Louis XIII Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Chestnut

Carved Oak Gothic Coffee Table Eugène Emmanuel Viollet-le-Duc Style, circa 1850
By Eugene Emmanuel Viollet Le Duc
Located in Vigonza, Padua
Mid-19th century hand-carved oakwood Gothic revivalist coffee table Eugène Emmanuel Viollet-le-Duc style. Top in blond applied oakwood slab. Table from ancient Palladian mansion, V...
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Antique Mid-19th Century French Gothic Revival Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Oak

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Hand Carved Coffee Tables For Sale on 1stDibs

Find a variety of hand carved coffee tables available on 1stDibs. The range of distinct hand carved coffee tables — often made from wood, stone and hardwood — can elevate any home. There are 151 antique and vintage hand carved coffee tables for sale at 1stDibs, while we also have 117 modern editions to choose from as well. Hand carved coffee tables have been produced for many years, with earlier versions available from the 18th Century and newer variations made as recently as the 21st Century. There are many kinds of hand carved coffee tables to choose from, but at 1stDibs, Mid-Century Modern, Modern and Louis XVI hand carved coffee tables are of considerable interest. There have been many well-made hand carved coffee tables over the years, but those made by Fernweh Woodworking, Grzegorz Majka and Amorph Inc. Are often thought to be among the most beautiful.

How Much are Hand Carved Coffee Tables?

Hand carved coffee tables can differ in price owing to various characteristics — the average selling price at 1stDibs is $4,228, while the lowest priced sells for $355 and the highest can go for as much as $59,189.

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.