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Angelo Mangiarotti Coffee Table
By Angelo Mangiarotti
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Beautiful oval white and grey Carrara marble coffee table by Angelo Mangiarotti. Two available, sold and priced individually.   
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Carrara Marble

  • Angelo Mangiarotti Coffee Table
  • Angelo Mangiarotti Coffee Table
  • Angelo Mangiarotti Coffee Table
  • Angelo Mangiarotti Coffee Table
H 16 in. W 38.5 in. D 25.5 in.
Chrome and Marble Cocktail Table, Leon Rosen for Pace
By Leon Rosen, Pace Collection
Located in Chicago, IL
Chrome frame cocktail table with tesselated marble top. Designed by Leon Rosen for Pace.
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Marble, Chrome

Mid-Century Marble Coffee Table by Roche Bobois, 1970s
By Roche Bobois
Located in Oud Beijerland, NL
Stunning oval coffee table from the 70's, fabricated by Roche Bobois. It has a very beautiful and large marble plate and a elegant chrome foot. The plate is polished and it is in ver...
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Vintage 1970s French Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Marble, Chrome

Mid-Century Modern Marble Coffee Table
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Interesting marble coffee table. Wooden legs with a travertine top. (Please confirm item location - NY or NJ - with dealer).    
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Marble

Italian Mid-Century Marble Top Coffee Table
Located in New York, NY
Italian mid-century marble top coffee table. Vintage Italian moderne table with carved inset grey green and white marble top. Italy, circa 1940s. Dimensions: 36" W x 19" D x 19.25" H.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Marble

Mid-Century Italian marble Coffee table 1980
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Stunning coffee table with wood base and black marquina marble top. A very elegant piece that will give some touch in the room.
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Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Marble

Square Mid Century Marble Top Coffee Table
Located in Port Chester, NY
A square mid-century marble top coffee table on a gilded iron base. This square-shaped coffee table has an elegant Italian marble top with grey and white veining. It sits on an iron ...
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21st Century and Contemporary European Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Coc...

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Marble, Iron

Mid-Century Italian Marble Coffee Table, 1989
Located in Oud Beijerland, NL
An exceptional Italian coffee table handcrafted out of marble. The fabulous marble features a beautiful wave pattern of different colors. The oval top is rounded on the edge. The rou...
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Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Marble

  • Mid-Century Italian Marble Coffee Table, 1989
  • Mid-Century Italian Marble Coffee Table, 1989
  • Mid-Century Italian Marble Coffee Table, 1989
  • Mid-Century Italian Marble Coffee Table, 1989
H 15.75 in. W 49.22 in. D 29.93 in.
Mid-Century Italian Marble Coffee Table, 1980s
Located in Oud Beijerland, NL
Very elegant Italian coffee table handcrafted out of lovely colored pink marble. The beautiful teardrop shaped top is rounded on the edge. The base is made of two separate pieces. Th...
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Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Marble

  • Mid-Century Italian Marble Coffee Table, 1980s
  • Mid-Century Italian Marble Coffee Table, 1980s
  • Mid-Century Italian Marble Coffee Table, 1980s
  • Mid-Century Italian Marble Coffee Table, 1980s
H 14.97 in. W 55.12 in. D 37.41 in.
Mid-Century Italian Marble Coffee Table, 1950s
Located in Oud Beijerland, NL
Beautiful coffee table with gorgeous elegant marble top and metallic legs with brass tips. Made in Italy during the 1950s. The marble has a beautiful natural design with mineral vein...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Marble, Brass, Metal

  • Mid-Century Italian Marble Coffee Table, 1950s
  • Mid-Century Italian Marble Coffee Table, 1950s
  • Mid-Century Italian Marble Coffee Table, 1950s
  • Mid-Century Italian Marble Coffee Table, 1950s
H 18.12 in. W 45.67 in. D 22.05 in.
Mid-Century Italian Marble Coffee Table, 1950s
Located in Oud Beijerland, NL
Beautiful coffee table with gorgeous elegant marble top and metallic legs with brass tips. Made in Italy during the 1950s. The marble has a beautiful natural design with mineral vein...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Marble, Brass, Metal

  • Mid-Century Italian Marble Coffee Table, 1950s
  • Mid-Century Italian Marble Coffee Table, 1950s
  • Mid-Century Italian Marble Coffee Table, 1950s
  • Mid-Century Italian Marble Coffee Table, 1950s
H 19.69 in. W 35.44 in. D 15.75 in.
Mid-Century Italian Marble and Brass Coffee Table
By Gio Ponti, Ico Parisi
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Beautiful ameba / biomorphic kidney shaped marble coffee table with solid brass splayed legs. Featuring striking wishbone style legs mounted under a marble top. The legs are fixed to...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Marble, Brass

Stunning Mid-Century Modern Marble-Top Coffee Table
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This gorgeous vintage modern coffee table features a square marble top and a heavy chrome frame. This elegant vintage modern cocktail table makes the perfect addition to any home, bu...
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Marble, Chrome

Mid-Century Italian Marble and Brass Coffee Table
Located in San Francisco, CA
Mid-century Italian Carrera marble and brass coffee table. Gorgeous cleaned and waxed marble top on a polished and lacquered 5 leg brass base, ready to install.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Carrara Marble, Brass

Mid-Century Marble-Top Coffee Table by Widdicomb
By Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This unique vintage coffee table features a beautiful vintage marble-top set on lacquered hardwood sled base. Perfect table height for use as a coffee or cocktail table at home or bu...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Marble

Italian Mid-Century Modern Marble Coffee Table, 1960s
Located in Modena, IT
Italian coffee table with dark wooden legs and amazing green Alpi marble top, 1960s. The top is in very excellent condition, no broken no scratch. Please note that the coffee table...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Marble, Metal

Mid-Century Chestnut Black Marble Top Coffee Table
Located in Dallas, TX
Mid-century chestnut black marble top coffee table was fashioned from thick planks and timbers of old-growth, well-seasoned chestnut, providing a remarkably naturalistic and charming...
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Vintage 1960s French Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Belgian Black Marble

Mid-Century French Gilt Brass Marble Top Coffee Table
Located in Forney, TX
A beautiful and scarce vintage coffee table from the mid 20th century, having the original rectangular marble top with molded edge, above a brilliant polished brass frame, scalloped ...
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Mid-20th Century Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Marble, Brass

Mid-Century Modern Rectangular Walnut Frame Marble Coffee Table
By Dux of Sweden
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Rectangular coffee table featuring classic mid century lines. Solid marble top sets into walnut frame. Beautiful marble variations with veining ranging from creamy beiges to light gr...
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Vintage 1950s Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Marble

Mid-Century Modern Square Walnut Frame Marble Coffee Table
By Dux of Sweden
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Square coffee table featuring classic mid century lines. Solid marble top sets into walnut frame. Beautiful marble variations with veining ranging from creamy beiges to light grays.
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Vintage 1950s Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Marble

French Brass and Marble Mid-Century Circular Coffee Table
Located in Surbiton, Surrey
A brass based coffee table with a great marble top. France, c1960s. A very pleasing combination. Good condition, some light scuffs to the top perhaps but nothing glaring....
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Vintage 1960s French Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Marble, Brass

Brass and Marble Mid-Century Coffee or Side Table
Located in Surbiton, Surrey
A mid-century marble and brass coffee table. France, c1950s. Elegant tapered brass legs, with a particularly attractive marble top. Good condition. Some scuffs and wear c...
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Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Marble, Brass

  • Brass and Marble Mid-Century Coffee or Side Table
  • Brass and Marble Mid-Century Coffee or Side Table
  • Brass and Marble Mid-Century Coffee or Side Table
  • Brass and Marble Mid-Century Coffee or Side Table
H 17.72 in. W 32.29 in. D 19.3 in.
Mid-Century Artedi Black Marble Coffee Table Base only
By Artedi
Located in Esperance, NY
Mid-Century Artedi black marble glass and brass coffee table
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Marble

Mid-Century Round French Emperador Marble Coffee Table, 1970s
Located in Madrid, ES
Circular marble coffee table made of emperador dark marble top and steel plate base structure, France, 1970s.
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Vintage 1960s French Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Marble, Steel

Mid-Century Harvey Probber Terrazzo Marble-Top Coffee Table
By Harvey Probber
Located in Esperance, NY
Harvey Probber mid-century terrazzo marble-top coffee table. Circa 1955.
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Marble

Maxwell of Miami Mid Century Amoeba Marble Coffee Table
Located in Countryside, IL
Maxwell of Miami mid century Amoeba marble coffee table Coffee table measures: 42 wide x 31 deep x 22 inches high, with a chair clearance of 20.5 inches All pieces of furniture c...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Marble, Metal

Mid-Century Modern Vintage Custom Marble Coffee Table by Marden
By Marden Furniture
Located in Chicago, IL
Mid-Century Modern vintage custom marble coffee table by Marden. Style of Paul Mccobb, Milo Baughman and Martz. Beautiful sheet of Black marble (original) on this.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Marble

Mid Century Rectangular Marble Coffee Table, Made in Italy, 1970s
Located in Odense, DK
Beautiful rectangular coffee table in marble, resting on sculptural iron pedistals, making it floating. Made in Italy - 1970-1980s. This brutalist piece is in a great vintage cond...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Marble, Iron

Mid Century Modern Square White & Grey Marble Coffee Center Table
By Angelo Mangiarotti
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Mid Century Modern 40x40 square white & grey marble coffee center table. Single pedestal base.
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20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Marble

Mid-Century Modern Marble Top Round Coffee Table Carved Base
Located in Toledo, OH
Mid-Century Modern round marble top table with carved wood base.
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Mid-20th Century Unknown Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Marble

Mid-Century Modern Arch Legs and Marble-Top Coffee Table
Located in Brussels, BE
Mid-Century Modern Arch Legs and Marble-Top Coffee Table
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Mid-20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Marble

Mid-Century Coffee Table with Marble Insert by John Widdicomb
By John Widdicomb
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Vintage-modern coffee table featuring sculpted base and marble insert, designed by John Widdicomb. Please confirm item location NY or NJ with dealer.
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Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Marble

Italian Mid-Century Modern Design Marble Oval Coffe Table, 1950s
Located in Modena, IT
Italian Mid-Century Modern design oval marble coffe table, metal laquered structure and brass terminals, circa 1950s. Please note that the item is original of the period and this ...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Marble, Metal, Brass

Italian Mid-Century Modern Carrara Marble & Brass Coffee/Side Table
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Italian Mid-Century Modern carrara marble & brass coffee/side table, with beautiful variegated Carrara marble top resting on a satin brass stylized Curule base. The marble top is rem...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Carrara Marble, Brass

Mid-Century Modern Marble Brass & Glass Coffee Table by Artedi
By Artedi
Located in North York, ON
Mid-Century Modern marble brass & glass coffee table by Artedi. Black marble with white veining, glass and brass end table in original condition. Featuring new glass top. Price in...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Marble, Brass

Very Chic Mid-Century Modern Lucite and Marble Coffee Table
Located in Hopewell, NJ
A rare gorgeous Mid-Century Modern coffee table that pairs a clear Lucite base that seems to float underneath a heavy slab of terracotta and cream marble top. One of a kind elegant a...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Marble

Mid-Century Modern Italian White Marble and Teak Coffee Table
Located in New York, NY
An elegant Mid-Century Modern Italian coffee table with a polished white marble top with 11 angles and a reverse bevel edge. A lacquered metal base with polished brass feet and screw...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Marble, Brass

Mid-Century Modern Marble Table
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Vintage modern marble top coffee table with polished chrome base. (Please confirm item location - NY or NJ - with dealer)       
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Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Marble, Chrome

  • Mid-Century Modern Marble Table
  • Mid-Century Modern Marble Table
  • Mid-Century Modern Marble Table
  • Mid-Century Modern Marble Table
H 20 in. W 60 in. D 30 in.
Mid-Century Modern Marble Coffee Table with Aluminum Star Base
Located in National City, CA
For your pleasure: Mid-Century Modern marble coffee table with aluminum star base Dimensions: 28" in diameter x 14" height Original unrestored vintage condition. See all images...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Marble, Aluminum

Italian Mid-Century Modern, Pink Marble Top Coffee Table in Marble, circa 1950
Located in Milan, IT
Italian Mid-Century Modern, pink marble top Coffee table in Marble, circa 1950. This beautiful design is an eye pleaser as a centre table and as a coffee table. The simple and clear...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Marble, Metal

Mid Century Coffee Table Column Multicolor Marble Pedestals Italian Design 1930s
Located in Palermo, IT
Rare multicolored marble column with round top and braided column. Italian design of 1930s.
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Antique 19th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Marble

Mid-Century Table Coffe Portoro Marble Brass Feet Black Rectangular, 1950s
Located in Palermo, Sicily
Mid-century table coffe Portoro marble brass feet black rectangular, 1950s.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Marble, Brass

Mid-Century Modern Italian Inlaid Marble and Brass Octagonal Coffee Table
Located in Swedesboro, NJ
This is a superb and very uniquely designed Italian-made coffee cocktail table. The table features an inlaid marble top and a fine brass base. The table is in good vintage condition ...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Marble, Brass

Large Vintage Chromed and Marble Coffee Table Mid-Century Modern Design
Located in Casteren, Noord-Brabant
Large vintage coffee table with a chromed metal base. The top is made of inlaid marble. This table is in good vintage condition and there is one very small damage to a corner of marb...
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Vintage 1970s French Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Marble

Tripartite Marble Insert Top Mid-Century Coffee Table Made in Malaysia
By Teck Cheong Furniture Company
Located in New York, NY
Unusual Mid-Century coffee table, marked "Teck Cheong Shanghai Furniture Company Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia" Solid wood frame, with three square marble inserts, solid construction, soph...
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Vintage 1950s Malaysian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Marble

Italian Mid-Century Ebonized Wood and Beige Marble Coffee Table
Located in New York, NY
Italian Mid-Century (1940s) ebonized narrow rectangular coffee table with inset white Carrara marble middle section with silver-plated sabot feet.
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Vintage 1940s Italian Neoclassical Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Marble

Mid Century Modern Oiled Walnut Base and Marble Top Coffee Table
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Mid Century Modern oiled walnut base coffee table in style of Ed Wormley for Dunbar. Greek key pattern round marble top.
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Marble

Marble Inlaid Mid Century Low Table
Located in WEST PALM BEACH, FL
A unique and one of a kind inlaid marble low table. Rectangular shaped raised on solid marble supports.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Other Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Marble

  • Marble Inlaid Mid Century Low Table
  • Marble Inlaid Mid Century Low Table
  • Marble Inlaid Mid Century Low Table
  • Marble Inlaid Mid Century Low Table
H 20 in. W 55.25 in. D 27.50 in.
Mid-Century Harvey Probber Surfboard Coffee Table in Terrazzo Marble
By Harvey Probber
Located in Chicago, IL
Mid-century Harvey Probber terrazzo marble coffee table. Style of Dunbar and Milo Baughman.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Terrazzo

Marble Coffee Table Coffee Table, 1960s/1970s
Located in Rijssen, NL
Fantastic Heinz Lilienthal marble mosaic coffee table chrome base. The table is designed and made in the 1960s/1970s in Germany. Good condition. Dimensions diameter: 120 cm ...
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Vintage 1970s German Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Marble, Chrome

Impressive Mid-Century Modern Faux Marble Swivel Top Coffee Table
Located in Brooklyn, NY
An unusual vintage modern two tier coffee table with a swivel top. The sleek design swivels outward unveiling a lower tier to set items on. A unique half moon shape, beautiful faux f...
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Mid-Century Modern Turned Solid Walnut Base Marble Top Round Coffee Table
By Wendell Castle, Vladimir Kagan
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Mid-Century Modern solid walnut base marble top coffee center table.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Marble

Mid-Century Modern Italian Yellow Marble and Brass Oval Coffee Table, 1950
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Mid-Century Modern Italian yellow marble and brass oval coffee table, 1950 Brass in original patina create a vibrant vintage look. Marble is in perfect conditions.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Marble, Metal, Brass

Large Marble Coffee Table
Located in Brussels, BE
Large marble coffee table.
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Marble

  • Large Marble Coffee Table
  • Large Marble Coffee Table
  • Large Marble Coffee Table
  • Large Marble Coffee Table
H 16.54 in. W 59.06 in. D 59.06 in.
Elegant Architectural Mid-Century Modern Italian Iron and Marble Coffee Table
Located in Chicago, IL
Elegant architectural Mid-Century Modern iron and marble coffee table. Most likely Italian. Manner of Salterini and Paul Mccobb, Frederick Weinberg Beautiful condition. Minor vinta...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Iron

Italian Mid-Century Pair of Round Coffee Tables in Glass N Black Marble,1980s
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian mid-century Pair of round coffee tables in glass and black marble, 1980s. Pair of round coffee tables with glass top, iron structure and marble base. Transparent and black. ...
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Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Marble

1960's Mid-Century Modern Bronze and Rosa Tica Marble Custom Made Coffee Table
By Cumberland Furniture
Located in New York City, NY
Stunning 1960's Mid-Century Modern custom made bronze base with marble top coffee table made by Cumberland Furniture Corporation for The Greenwich Savings Bank, in vintage original c...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Marble, Bronze

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Italian Coffee Tables in White Carrara Marble & Brass
Located in Dallas, TX
Pair of Mid-Century Modern round coffee tables, side tables, Italy 1980s. Diamond cut base in white Carrara marble, with some gray veins. The top and stem are in polished brass, wi...
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Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Carrara Marble, Brass

Rare Mid-Century Modern Tulip Base Marble Coffee Table by Honsel, Germany, 1960s
By Honsel
Located in Munich, DE
Amazing, elegant and rare Mid-Century Modern tulip base coffee table or sofa table. Designed and manufactured by Honsel, Germany, 1960s. Makers label at the bottom of the base. Ex...
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Vintage 1960s German Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Marble, Aluminum

Vintage Mid Century French Rococ Style Gold Gilt Cherub Marble-Top Coffee Table
Located in GB
We are delighted to offer for sale this very decorative marble and gilt brass framed coffee or cocktail table A very good looking and well made piece with a lot of high quality de...
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Mid-20th Century French Rococo Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Marble

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Mid Century Marble Coffee Table For Sale on 1stDibs

Find many varieties of an authentic mid century marble coffee table available at 1stDibs. Each mid century marble coffee table for sale was constructed with extraordinary care, often using stone, marble and metal. Find 1454 options for an antique or vintage mid century marble coffee table now, or shop our selection of 36 modern versions for a more contemporary example of this long-cherished piece. Whether you’re looking for an older or newer mid century marble coffee table, there are earlier versions available from the 18th Century and newer variations made as recently as the 21st Century. A mid century marble coffee table is a generally popular piece of furniture, but those created in Mid-Century Modern, Hollywood Regency and Art Deco styles are sought with frequency. A well-made mid century marble coffee table has long been a part of the offerings for many furniture designers and manufacturers, but those produced by Angelo Mangiarotti, Knoll and Eero Saarinen are consistently popular.

How Much is a Mid Century Marble Coffee Table?

The average selling price for a mid century marble coffee table at 1stDibs is $3,067, while they’re typically $295 on the low end and $32,000 for the highest priced.

A Close Look at Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Organically shaped, clean-lined and elegantly simple are three terms that well describe mid-century modern American furniture. The style, which emerged primarily in the years following World War II, is characterized by pieces that were conceived and made in an energetic, optimistic spirit by creators who believed that good design was an essential part of good living.

Postwar American architects and designers were animated by new ideas and new technology. The lean, functionalist “International Style” architecture of Le Corbusier and Bauhaus eminences such as Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Walter Gropius had been promoted in the United States during the ’30s by Philip Johnson and others. New building techniques, such as “post-and-beam” construction, allowed the International-style schemes to be realized on a small scale, in open-plan houses with long walls of glass.

Materials developed for wartime use became available for domestic goods and were incorporated into mid-century modern furniture designs. Charles and Ray Eames and Eero Saarinen, who had experimented extensively with molded plywood, eagerly embraced fiberglass for, respectively, pieces such as the La Chaise and the Womb chair. George Nelson and his design team created Bubble lamp shades using a new translucent polymer skin. Harry Bertoia and Isamu Noguchi devised chairs and tables built of wire mesh and wire struts. Materials were re-purposed: the Danish-born designer Jens Risom created a line of chairs that used surplus parachute straps for webbed seats and backrests.

As the demand for casual, uncluttered furnishings grew, more mid-century designers caught the spirit.

Classically-oriented creators such as Edward Wormley, house designer for Dunbar Inc., offered such pieces as the sinuous Listen to Me chaise; the British expatriate T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings switched gears, creating items such as the tiered, biomorphic Mesa table. There were Young Turks such as Paul McCobb — who designed holistic groups of sleek, blonde-wood furniture — and Milo Baughman, who espoused a West Coast aesthetic in lushly upholstered chairs and sofas with angular steel frames.

As the collection of vintage mid-century modern American furniture on 1stDibs demonstrates, this period saw one of the most delightful and dramatic flowerings of creativity in design history.

Finding the Right Coffee and Cocktail Tables for You

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

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

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

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

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

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

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