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Coffee and Cocktail Tables For Sale
Coffee Center Cocktail Table All Glass Curved Shape Collectible Design Italy
Located in Ancona, Marche
“Bent straights” table origins in a game of curves, arising from a two-dimensional surface turning into three-dimensional objects, prospectively contradictory, deceiving the percepti...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Cut Glass

Ohlin Coffee Table - Contemporary One-Of-A-Kind Table by Artist Gabriel Anderson
Located in Putnam Valley, NY
In this sculpture, the artist merges the reverence for natural form with the opulence of the modern aesthetic, crafting a piece that is both rooted in organic inspiration and elevated by human ingenuity. The sculpture’s texture speaks of ancient rugged terrains, each crevice and peak a narrative in its own right, gilded in genuine white gold...
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2010s American Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Gold Leaf

Rustic Oak Coffee Table, Hungary circa 1900's
Located in Round Top, TX
Rustic oak coffee table with "X" style base is loaded with character. The oak plank top is covered in scrapes, stains and typical age related separation between the planks is seen a...
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Early 20th Century Hungarian Rustic Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Oak

Travertine coffee table with texture edges
Located in Los Angeles, CA
W56 D28 H16.5 VIntage travertine coffee table in great original condition. Item feautres natural grain and locks into the base with bottom wooden spacers for added security. Coffee ...
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1980s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Travertine

Vondel Coffee Table/Bench Handcrafted in Honed Bianco Carrara Marble
Located in Amsterdam, NL
The Vondel coffee table embodies a resolute solidity of form that captivates with its understated yet commanding presence. Its simplistic yet robus...
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2010s African Minimalist Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Carrara Marble

Antique English Victorian Bagatelle Flip Top Game Table on Stand
Located in Forney, TX
A fun and unusual 19th century Victorian English mahogany Bagatelle game board table with nicely aged patina. Featuring a rectangular folding portable game board with warm, rich mahogany wood case exterior, and a patinated brass hinged lid lift top that flips open to extend and reveal the baize (green felt like billiards material) lined gaming surface with semi-circular bentwood bumper at one end adorned with nine numbered holes, arranged with one in the center of the bentwood gallery and the rest surrounding it evenly in a ring. Framing the board, twenty-four contrasting inlay panels set with five holes run along either side of the board, originally used to keep score. circa 1890 The game board rests partially inset in a fitted mahogany stand base, raised on four straight square legs joined by ‘H’ stretcher. A wonderful piece of game board history, originally designed to sit on top of a dining table or games table, this piece features a fitted stand, making it the ideal size and proportions for use as a one-of-a-kind coffee table, chair side table, cocktail table, low console, or simply displayed as a distinctive decorative folk art piece. Dimensions (approx): 18" High, 31.25" Wide, 15.75" Deep Open: 60" Wide Good condition overall, especially considering age. Dark rich patina over the whole, enhanced by heavy buildup lustrous sheen and antique mahogany glow. No game pieces or accessories included. Age appropriate wear including various imperfections, with expected signs of use, including losses, checking, wear to finish and baize liner, staining, minor splitting to bent wood, all wear consistent with age and indicative of use. All of which adds to the elegant warmth, sophisticated antique character, and overall authenticity. Please refer to photography for complete condition. Delivered lightly cleaned, hand waxed, polished French patina finish, ready for immediate use as furniture. History: The origins of Bagatelle (or its many iterations) are even less clear than most games of a similar history, although we do know it has ties to French Kings, American President Abraham Lincoln, and developed into bar billiards, eventually leading to the development of pachinko and pinball. Bagatelle was a game involving sticks and balls that evolved from efforts to bring outdoor games like ground billiards, croquet, and bowling inside for play during inclement weather. Dating all the way back to the 15th century, the most recent version came about in the 18th century. In France, during the long 1643–1715 reign of Louis XIV, billiard tables were narrowed, with wooden pins or skittles at one end of the table, and players would shoot balls with a stick or cue from the other end, in a game inspired as much by bowling as billiards. Pins took too long to reset when knocked down, so they were eventually fixed to the table, and holes in the bed of the table became the targets. Players could ricochet balls off the pins to achieve the harder scorable holes. Quite a number of variations on this theme were developed. In 1777 a party was thrown in honour of Louis XVI and the queen at the Château de Bagatelle, recently erected at great expense by the king's brother, the Count of Artois. Bagatelle from Italian bagattella, signifies 'a trifle', 'a decorative thing'. The highlight of the party was a new table game featuring a slender table and cue sticks, which players used to shoot ivory balls up an inclined playfield. The game was dubbed bagatelle by the count and shortly after swept through France. From 1770 to 1850 Bagatelle was just as popular as Billiards throughout England and Britain. Some French soldiers carried their favorite bagatelle tables...
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Late 19th Century Victorian Antique Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Brass

Organic Modern Accent Square Center Coffee Table Oak Wood White Lacquer One-Off
Located in Vila Nova Famalicão, PT
Inspired by the Sacred Ceiba trees in Havana, this elegant coffee table is handcrafted with carefully selected wood veneers. Perfect for both contemporary and traditional homes. Thi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Teak, Wood, Lacquer

Blackened Gouged Wood Coffee Table, Contemporary Work
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Coffee table standing on legs composed of a blackened gouged wood rectangular leg with bottom flaring and a gouged silvered metal leg with a right-angled c...
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21st Century and Contemporary French Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Metal

Eccentrico, contemporary coffee table orange fur-lacquered wood by Studio Greca
Located in Torino, TO
Design by Studio Greca Federico Greca Limited Edition (4 pieces) Inspired by the haute couture collections that have paraded on the catwalks of Milan ...
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2010s Italian Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Fur, Laminate, Wood

1960’s Mid-Century Modern Lane “Rhythm” Coffee Cocktail Table
Located in Charleston, SC
This vintage 1967 Lane coffee table from the Rhythm Series is representative of the Mid Century Modern era with its, minimal lines and a formidable profile accented by a clean walnut...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Walnut

Demetra Coffee Table in Dalmata Marble with Corno Italiano Inlay, Mod. 7007
Located in Recanati, Macerata
Artistic streak and craftsmanship excellence find their ultimate expression in our Demetra coffee table, an eye-catching marriage of solemn materials and flawless shapes. Resting ato...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Marble, Metal

Roger Capron Round Coffee Table with Garrigue Tiles, France 1960s
Located in Malibu, US
Impressive Roger Capron ceramic coffee table with Garrigue tiles from France, circa 1960s. The handcrafted Garrigue tiles were produced by a technique in which real leaves were pres...
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1960s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Ceramic, Oak

Coffee Table With Italian Marble Glass Top And Solid Brass Legs
Located in Toronto, Ontario
The MGB coffee table's top is made from a 3/4" thick Starphire glass (Ultra clear glass and more expensive than regular glass. Its base is made from a 3/4" thick slab of Rosso Vulcan...
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21st Century and Contemporary Canadian Art Deco Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Marble, Brass

Louis XVI Style Coffee Table
Located in Austin, TX
Coffee table from France in the Louis XVI style. This table features four tapered legs, a dovetailed drawer, and the original Carrara marble top. It is enhanced by the gilt brass gal...
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1920s French Louis XVI Vintage Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Carrara Marble, Brass, Bronze

Orlando Contemporary Crystal Table
Located in Geneve, CH
Orlando contemporary crystal table hand-sculpted contemporary crystal Crystal table Handcrafted decor made from crystal Measures: L 60 x H 39.5...
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2010s Danish Post-Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Crystal

Vintage Rattan Coffee Table with Mahogany Tops
Located in San Diego, CA
Vintage rattan 3-tier coffee table with solid mahogany tops, the table is in original finish and condition, but needs to be refinished to make it look spectacular, it's a very rare a...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Rattan, Mahogany

Tresor Patinated Set of 3 Coffee Table
Located in Paris, FR
Coffee table Tresor Patinated set of 3 with all structure of each table in solid brass in polished and patinated finish. With gloss varnished. Measu...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Brass

Italian Brass Swan Coffee Table, 1950s
Located in Antwerp, BE
A chic and elegant 1950s Italian brass swan coffee table with swan head legs and original glass. Well-made and heavy. Dimensions base: Wid...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Hollywood Regency Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Metal, Brass, Bronze

Martell Woodworks Claro Walnut Slab Coffee Table with Wenge Butterflies
Located in Mendocino, CA
This is an example of a Claro walnut slab coffee table I make, inlaid with wenge butterflies, and featuring a sculpted walnut base. The slab has bea...
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2010s American Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Walnut, Wenge

Contemporary Side Table, HOT Collection, Gradient Stainless Steel
Located in Paris, FR
Side table, coffee table Electroplated stainless steel (nylon table top) Measures: H 54cm – D 50cm. Production lead time: 3 to 4 weeks Side table from “HOT” collection, a cre...
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21st Century and Contemporary Chinese Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Stainless Steel

Giuseppe Scapinelli Coffee Table
Located in Washington, DC
Beautiful sensual wooden curves and glass produce a sculptural coffee table by Italian-Brazilian Modern master Giuseppe Scapinelli
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Mid-20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Glass, Wood

Midcentury Mosaic Tile and Teak Coffee Table by Berthold Müller, 1960s
Located in Morazzone, Varese
Gorgeous coffee table with big Mosaic plate with white-off and grey tiles on strong teak table base. Made in Germany in the 1960s by Berthold Müller, Oer...
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1960s German Mid-Century Modern Vintage Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Stone

1970s Smoked Glass Chromed Steel and Brass structure Coffee Table
Located in IT
1970s smoked glass chromed steel and brass structure coffee table Style of Romeo Rega Size to be confirmed: 80 x 80 x 40 cm Very Good condit...
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Late 20th Century European Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Brass, Steel

Vintage solid travertine coffee table
Located in Los Angeles, CA
W60 D30 H19 Vintage honed travertine coffee table with details along the edges of the stone. This table is heavy but in good condition with minimal wear and chips.
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1970s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Travertine

Roger Capron Round Coffee Table with Garrigue Tiles, France 1960s
Located in Malibu, US
Lovely Roger Capron ceramic coffee table with Garrigue tiles from France, circa 1960s. The handcrafted Garrigue tiles were produced by a technique in which real leaves were pressed ...
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1960s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Ceramic, Oak

Japanese Antique Primitive Coffee Table 1860s-1900s / Side Table Wabi Sabi
Located in Sammu-shi, Chiba
Very old coffee table made in Japan. The furniture is from the Meiji period (1860s-1900s). It is carved from a large zelkova tree. It is dynamic and has a strong presence. The grada...
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Early 20th Century Japanese Meiji Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Wood

Vintage Cast Bronze Dancing Cherubs Coffee Table Base with Dark Patina
Located in Yonkers, NY
A vintage lost wax bronze dancing cherubs coffee table base from the mid 20th century, with dark patina. We have two table bases available, priced ...
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Mid-20th Century Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Bronze

Modern Square Center Coffee Table High-Gloss Black Oak Wood Gold Lacquered Steel
Located in Vila Nova Famalicão, PT
The "Fifties Square Center Coffee Table" listed here is made in high-gloss black oak wood and gold lacquered steel. The piece is new. Please request additional images or videos. ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Metal, Steel

Iron & Glass Coffee Table in Faux Verdigris Finish After Giacometti
Located in W Allenhurst, NJ
Classic Giacometti style large patinated bronze verdigris wrought-iron welded steel base. Water rounded edge glass inset top. Wonderful depth in detailing. Curbside to NYC/Philly $350
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20th Century Unknown Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Iron

19th C. English Leather Coffee Table/Steamer Trunk
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A 19th Century steamer trunk that can be used as a coffee table, featuring original brass and copper hardware, with beautifully distressed leather in good condition. This piece is d...
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19th Century English British Colonial Antique Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Copper

Italian Brass Coffee Table with Marble Top, 1960
Located in Dronten, NL
Very elegant Italian 1950's coffee table with a polished brass base and marble top. Excellent Italian craftsmanship and still in wonderful vintage condition with just the right amoun...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Marble, Brass

1950s Vintage Herman Miller Eames CTM Coffee Table
Located in Saint Paul, MN
Third generation black CTM by Ray and Charles Eames for Herman Miller. No label. Retains original feet. Likely produced in 1950 (due to the domes of silence) as opposed to a late...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Metal

1970's Pierre Vandel Paris Coffee Table + 2 Side Tables Gold Anodized Aluminium
Located in bergen op zoom, NL
Large Hollywood Regency coffee table and 2 side tables by Pierre Vandel Paris 1970's Gold colour anodised Aluminium frames and hardened facet cut glass tops Marked with manufacture...
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1970s French Hollywood Regency Vintage Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Aluminum

Lane Furniture Walnut, Rosewood, and Chrome Coffee or Cocktail Table
Located in Skokie, IL
Lane Furniture Walnut, Rosewood, and Chrome Coffee or Cocktail Table This stunning, long coffee or cocktail table is one of the showcase pieces made by Lane Furniture. This piece is...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Chrome

Stoneware & Rosewood Coffee Table by Tue Poulsen
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Stoneware & Rosewood Coffee Table by Toe Poulsen. Rosewood base w/ Hand Glazed Stoneware Tiles. Signed by Tue.
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1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Ceramic, Stoneware, Rosewood

Japanese Antique Wooden Low Table / Taisho Period WabiSabi Primitive
Located in Iwate-gun Shizukuishi-cho, Iwate Prefecture
This is a low table called an old "Tachidai" in Japan. Tachidai is a workbench used to cut the fabric. Many workbenchs for Japanese tailoring have leg lengths of about 20 to 25 cm, ...
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Early 20th Century Japanese Taisho Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Wood, Cedar

Pair of Contemporary round coffeetables with aged oak top.
Located in Casteren, NL
A set of two contemporary round coffeetables with solid aged oak top and solid steel base. The smaller table can be pushed under the larger one to create different settings. The top...
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21st Century and Contemporary Dutch Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Steel

Set of Three Round Travertine Cocktail Tables, Italy, 1970s
Located in amstelveen, NL
Set of three coffee tables, travertine, Italy, 1970s This set of cocktail tables features an elegant design that clearly illustrates a balanced look. The circular tables have no joi...
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1970s European Mid-Century Modern Vintage Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Travertine

Ilana Goor Style Iron Brutalist Table Base
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Impressive large Ilana Goor style Iron coffee table base with her typical rebar type construction. Stunning Ilana Goor iron coffee table base with amazing sculptural Industrial Bruta...
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1980s American Brutalist Vintage Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Iron

Large Mahogany Wood Chrome Coffee Table Smoked Glass Mid-Century Hollywood 1970s
Located in London, GB
A large and impressive 1970’s Ronald Schmitt designer coffee table. Possibly designed by Rodney Kinsman as it is similar to the Model T14 he designed for Bieffeplast in the 1970’s. ...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Metal, Chrome

Burl Italian Lattice Modern Coffee Table Ponti Style
Located in Miami, FL
A square Burl coffee table with open lattice design. The simple Parsons style structure creates the perfect frame for the well proportioned trellis design where the glass top sits.
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1970s Italian Vintage Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Glass, Wood, Burl

Pia Manu For Amphora Large Coffee Table, Black and Red Glazed Tiles
Located in Antwerp, BE
Beautiful large rectangular coffee table by Pia Manu designed by Amphora, 1960s. This coffee table has a chrome base in stainless steel and a top made of glazed tiles in black and re...
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1960s Belgian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Ceramic

Italian Square Coffee Table in Travertine, 1980s
Located in Oud Beijerland, NL
Very nice square shaped Italian coffee or side table handcrafted out of travertine, 1980s. It is made of beautiful travertine. Please take notice of the very nice patterns. It h...
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1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Travertine

Awesome Italian Ceramic Handcrafted Lion Coffee Table Base, 1960s
Located in Nürnberg, Bayern
Look into his eyes, he`s so proud. The proportions, the shaping of the body almost perfect. Handpainted. Rarely seen such a beautiful specimen. We ship the lion alone quite chea...
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1960s Italian Hollywood Regency Vintage Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Ceramic

Art Deco Stone Coffee Table Calacatta Marble Handmade in Portugal by Greenapple
Located in Lisboa, PT
Stone Coffee Table, Modern Collection, Handcrafted in Portugal - Europe by GF Modern. Stone coffee table lives up to its name featuring an exuberant stone texture with beautiful, in...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Marble, Carrara Marble

Vintage Mid-Century Lucite & Brass Coffee Table, c. 1970's
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Vintage Mid-Century squared coffee table made in USA in the 1970s. Its standout feature lies in the transparent lucite legs, and a sleek brass frame surrounding the table. It is prot...
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1970s American Vintage Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Brass

Organic Modern Bordeira Coffee Table, Pink Onyx, Handmade Portugal by Greenapple
Located in Lisboa, PT
Bordeira coffee table, Contemporary Collection, Handcrafted in Portugal - Europe by Greenapple. Designed by Rute Martins for the Contemporary Collection, the Bordeira modern coffee ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Carrara Marble, Marble, Travertine, Onyx, Stainless Steel, Brass

Large 19th Century Camphor Wood Trunk or Chest
Located in Petworth,West Sussex, GB
A large late 19th century camphor wood brass bound travelling chest or trunk with brass mounts and brass carrying handles. Warm rich colour and patina. Could be used as a super looki...
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Late 19th Century British Victorian Antique Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Brass

2 Art Deco Bedside Tables J.Halabala
Located in Kraków, Małopolska
2 Art Deco bedside tables J.Halabala .
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1940s Czech Art Deco Vintage Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Walnut

Pair of Chinese Golden Brick Coffee Tables, c. 1900
Located in Chicago, IL
Part of the long history of Chinese ceramics, the hand-crafted ceramic tiles that top this pair of low tables were originally used to pave the floors of the Forbidden City palace com...
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Late 19th Century Chinese Qing Antique Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Ceramic, Wood

Modern Aire Side Table, Nero Marquina Marble, Handmade in Portugal by Greenapple
Located in Lisboa, PT
Aire Side Table, Contemporary Collection, Handcrafted in Portugal - Europe by Greenapple. Designed by Rute Martins for the Contemporary Collection, the Aire marble side table featur...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Marble, Metal, Brass, Stainless Steel

1960's Mid Century Modern Coffee table by Jiri Jiroutek for Interier Praha
Located in Brno, CZ
Another design classic of 1960’s Czech furniture design. This Coffee Table was created by the celebrated Czech furniture designer Jiri Jiroutek (1928-2023) and was produced by Inter...
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1960s Czech Mid-Century Modern Vintage Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Formica, Oak

"The Maze" Brutalist Bronze Coffee Table, Daniel Gluck, 1970's
Located in Culver City, CA
"The Maze" by American artist Daniel Gluck is a captivating coffee table that stands as a testament to the bold and intricate aesthetics of brutalist design. Crafted during the 1970s...
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1970s Brutalist Vintage Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Bronze

Midcentury Harvey Probber Round Black And oak Coffee Table
Located in Pasadena, CA
Crafted by Harvey Probber, this round black and walnut coffee table is not just a functional piece but a statement of classic Mid-Century Modern design. The table stands on legs sta...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Carnelian, Brass

Modern Sistelo Side Table, Oak Root Brass, Handmade in Portugal by Greenapple
Located in Lisboa, PT
Sistelo Side Table, Contemporary Collection, Handcrafted in Portugal - Europe by Greenapple. The Sistelo side table draws inspiration from the captivating landscape of Sistelo, emer...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Brass

Brutalist Rectangular Coffee Table, France, 1950s
Located in Antwerp, BE
Rustic brutalist wooden coffee table with a two-legged base, made of solid wood with a charismatic patina. Its rectangular surface provides ample space for displaying books, cherishe...
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1950s French Brutalist Vintage Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Wood

Doris Cast Bronze Multifaceted Coffee Table with Tuscan Green Patina
Located in Fiesole, Florence
Inspired by Doric columns in archaic architecture, the extruded multi-point star coffee table is finished with a black and green patina that is an exclusive Tuscan specialty. The cas...
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2010s Italian Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Brass, Aluminum, Bronze

Landon Coffee Table Ottoman
Located in Carmel, CA
Designed by Ashley Yeates, the Landon coffee table is handmade in the United States. The ideal piece for indecisive minds wanting function and comfort without sacrificing style. Landon Ottoman offers versatility with a North American Walnut top that reverses to a suede cushion ottoman. Over the years, natural walnut wood has developed a lustrous patina. The graining pattern has a mixture of wavy and straight movement throughout the grain, giving a more decorative and artistic appearance for an upscale presence to the ottoman. The Suede cushion material is entirely customizable to match your vision and style. Ashley Yeates Collection is one of the few bespoke furniture collections on the market to focus on sustainable principles and materials. COM (Customer's own material) *The Landon Coffee Table Ottoman...
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2010s American Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Suede, Walnut

Antique, New and Vintage Coffee Tables and Cocktail Tables

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

Low tables that were initially used as tea tables 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 tables 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 tables 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 furniture style on 1stDibs. Browse a vast selection of antique, new and vintage coffee table and cocktail tables today.

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