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Empire Tables

EMPIRE STYLE

From 1804–15, Napoléon I reigned as the emperor of France, bringing the country into a new era of opulence after the fall of the monarchy and the tumultuous years of the French Revolution. He declared, “We must have very solid things, made to last 100 years.” Empire-style furniture followed suit, with imposing pieces constructed from mahogany and adorned with gilded ornaments. Expanding on the neoclassicism popularized in the previous century — such as in ​​Louis XVI style — Empire style borrowed from the great civilizations of antiquity, from Egypt to Greece and Rome, to connect this nascent empire to the power of the past.

Napoléon I believed the production of fine furniture would reflect the stature of the republic, with his official architects Charles Percier and Pierre-François-Léonard Fontaine leading the way with their work on his residences.

Luxurious materials, symmetrical shapes and bold colors characterize antique Empire-style bedroom furniture, armchairs, cabinets and other structures, with frequent motifs including mythological creatures, geometric designs, acanthus leaves, eagles, bees (the imperial emblem) and swans, a favorite of Empress Joséphine. Flat surfaces, like marble tabletops, were accented with decadent details, such as the bronze furniture mounts made by sculptor Pierre-Philippe Thomire for the French palaces. Martin-Guillaume Biennais, who worked as the imperial goldsmith, crafted intricate luxury objects that mixed wood, fine metal, mother-of-pearl and ivory.

The style became popular abroad, influencing the American Empire style. Stately pieces carved with sprigs of olives by cabinetmaker Pierre-Antoine Bellange were acquired by American President James Monroe for the White House in 1817.

Find a collection of antique Empire tables, lighting, seating and other furniture on 1stDibs.

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Style: Empire
Neoclassical Style Console Table, Refinished, Bronze, Celebrity Provenance
Located in Stamford, CT
Neoclassical style console table, Refinished, bronze, Celebrity provenance A walnut and parcel bronze and iron two-legged console table with a pink and gray marble top in the Neo...
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1890s Antique Empire Tables

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Marble, Metal

Fine French Gilt Bronze and Marble Gueridon
Located in Atlanta, GA
Very fine early 20th century French Empire style gueridon table of gilt bronze and marble. A circular tabletop of black marble with white veining is held by a decorative ribbed bandi...
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Early 20th Century French Empire Tables

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Marble, Bronze

Vintage French Marble and Ormolu Gueridon Table
Located in Chicago, IL
A Vintage French black marble gueridon table having ormolu serpent ring handles.
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20th Century French Empire Tables

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Marble, Ormolu

Empire Gueridon, France, Early 19th Century
Located in Greding, DE
Three-legged table on casters with carved eagle heads and hooves as well as amphora decoration on the trefoil strutting. This, like the frame, is inlaid with brass threads. A low gal...
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Early 19th Century French Antique Empire Tables

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Mahogany

Fine Empire Style Gilt Bronze Mahogany Center Table inthe Manner of Jacob-Desmal
By Jacob-Desmalter
Located in Sheffield, MA
A fine Empire style gilt bronze mahogany gueridon or centre table  With a verde antico marble top.  In the manner of Jacob-Desmalter,  circa 1880 Height 31 1/4 Diameter 35 in.   A...
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1880s French Antique Empire Tables

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Bronze

Swedish Giltwood Early 19th Century Empire Console Table
Located in Worpswede / Bremen, DE
A fine, giltwood Swedish console table, possibly by the Stockholm master cabinet maker Lundelius (1778-1823). The wooden top in faux marble painted, the base plinth is painted black....
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Early 19th Century Swedish Antique Empire Tables

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Giltwood

Table Tilt Top Swedish Chess Game Pedestal Sweden
Located in New York, NY
Table Tilt Top Swedish Chess Game Pedestal Sweden. A Swedish tilt top table made during the later part of 19th Century. Painted chess game on the top. Ornate base.
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Late 19th Century Swedish Antique Empire Tables

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Wood

French Empire Style 'Tete de Belier' Ormolu & Black Marble Gueridon Table
Located in New York, NY
French Empire style ormolu gilt bronze and black marble Guéridon "Tête de Belier," two tiered with ram's heads and cabriole legs terminating in hoof feet. 27.5" H x 29" diameter. Pro...
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19th Century French Antique Empire Tables

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Marble, Ormolu

Empire Style Made In France Side Table Turned Oak Wood & Marble Top, 1950
Located in Miami, FL
We offer an Empire style side table made in France. Turned oak wood pedestal stand with Marble Top from the late 1950s. Stamped underneath, Made in France.
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Mid-20th Century French Empire Tables

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Marble

French Late Empire Period Marble Top Gilt Bronze Mounted Mahogany Console Table
Located in Ft. Lauderdale, FL
This fine French Empire figured mahogany console table features a rectangular marble top above a frieze with one long drawer with gilt bronze laurel wreath escutcheon flanked by lyre...
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Early 19th Century French Antique Empire Tables

Materials

Marble, Bronze

Bronze and Marble Empire Pedestal, Table
Located in Fairfax, VA
Elegant, polished bronze and black lacquer empire style pedestal-table with marble top.
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1920s Vintage Empire Tables

Materials

Marble, Bronze

French 19th Century Empire-Style Console
Located in Baton Rouge, LA
A spectacular Belgium limestone topped, mahogany console from 19th century France. Just beneath the top is a hidden compartment accessed only when the stone top is removed. The apron...
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19th Century French Antique Empire Tables

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Mahogany

Empire Style Trumeau Mirror with Matching Console Table
Located in Den Haag, NL
What a beautiful set, still together after 200 years. Console table with mirror and marble top and the matching mirror. Wood and bronze ornaments.
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1820s French Antique Empire Tables

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Brass

Empire Table, Germany 1810-20
Located in Belmont, MA
This unique and very elegant Empire table dates back to around 1810-20. It comes from Germany. It was probably made in the northern part of Germany or possibly in Berlin. The table s...
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1810s German Antique Empire Tables

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Mahogany

Tray Table with Greek Key Gallery Trim
Located in Stamford, CT
Decorative tray table for drinks or coffee detailed with Greek Key trim as seen on the inside gallery of the tabletop. The table is supported by faux bamboo legs and an x-shaped cros...
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20th Century Empire Tables

Materials

Wood

Classic Empire Center Table, Oatmeal
Located in Westwood, NJ
A Classic Empire style grey cerused oak oatmeal stained center table with a carved ogee edge, raised on an octagonal pedestal base. Dimensions: 42" W x 42" D x 30" H.
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21st Century and Contemporary Vietnamese Empire Tables

Materials

Wood

19th Century Empire Antique Mahogany Marble Top Pier Console Table
Located in Shippensburg, PA
A good 19th century pier table with a gray marble top situated over a squared apron with flamed mahogany veneers raised over sienna marble columns capped with exquisitely chiseled or...
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19th Century Antique Empire Tables

Materials

Marble

Elegant and Decorative French Empire Mahogany Center Table
Located in Nordhavn, DK
Elegant and decorative empire salon / center table. Mahogany with original gilded bronze mounting. Legs ornamented with gilt leaves on animal-paw feet. Gray marble top with profile. ...
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Early 19th Century French Antique Empire Tables

Materials

Brass

Pair of Italian Pietra Doré Specimen Marble Plaques/Tops with Porphyry, Jasper
Located in New York, NY
An early antique pair of Italian pietra doré specimen marble plaques or table tops, Italian Grand Tour, each plaques of exquisite quality with rare types of marbles such as purple an...
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Early 19th Century Italian Antique Empire Tables

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Marble

Vintage Round Pedestal Dining or Conference Table
Located in Great Barrington, MA
The vintage round mahogany dining or conference table with carved border has a centre pedestal base with four splayed feet. The pedestal is in the shape of an octagonal urn. The apro...
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Early 20th Century American Empire Tables

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Wood

Empire Architect Table, Table á Tronchin, France, Early 19th Century
Located in Greven, DE
Antique architect table France mahogany, leather Empire around 1810 Dimensions: H x W x D: 78 x 89 x 55 cm Description: Architect's or draftsman's table standing on point...
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Early 19th Century French Antique Empire Tables

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Leather, Mahogany

Restored Antique English Empire Rosewood Partner Desk, Circa 1820s
Located in South Bend, IN
An exceptional antique English Empire or Neoclassical executive partner's desk, England, Circa 1820s Rosewood, with inlaid walnut and satinwood starburst marquetry, ebonized le...
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Early 19th Century English Antique Empire Tables

Materials

Brass

Empire Coffee Table 19th Century Desk Small Red Leather Tapered Foot
Located in Sant'Arsenio, Campania
Desk small table Made in the second half of the nineteenth century, this coffee table with very simple and composed lines adapts to any environment. New burgundy leather top. t...
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1870s Italian Antique Empire Tables

Materials

Leather, Wood

Rare Large Centre Table, Late Empire, Provinens "Sperlingholm Castle, Sweden
Located in Nordhavn, DK
Rare large mahogany late Empire centre table from Säby Castel, before Sperlingholm Castel, Sweden. Round top, apron with bronze knobs. Gilded delfins.
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1830s Swedish Antique Empire Tables

Materials

Mahogany

French 19th Century Empire Gueridon
Located in Baton Rouge, LA
An exceptional 19th century Empire round mahogany table with charcoal and white fossil marble top. The top is supported by a large single column pedestal that showcases the rich veno...
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19th Century French Antique Empire Tables

Materials

Stone, Marble

French Empire Style Midcentury Walnut Drinks Table with Ebonized Columns
Located in Atlanta, GA
A French Empire style walnut drinks table from the mid 20th century, with ebonized columns and bronze mounts. Created in France during the Midcentury period, this walnut Empire style...
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Mid-20th Century French Empire Tables

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Bronze

Blue side Table Decorative Scagliola Art Inlay top metal base Rusty Yellow color
Located in Rimini, IT
This table can be used as tea table, side table, lamp table it has multiple uses. The top is manufactured in scagliola art inlay, same technique of the "Paliotto" of the 16th centur...
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21st Century and Contemporary European Empire Tables

Materials

Iron

19th Century Marble-Top French Side Table with Brass Gallery
Located in Toronto, CA
This 19th century French walnut side table with a lovely patina developed with age. The off white marble top is framed on three side with a brass gallery. The table has one drawer an...
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19th Century French Antique Empire Tables

Materials

Marble

Square Coffee Table with Green Onyx Top and Walnut Finish by Modenese Luxury
Located in PADOVA, Italy
A decorative complementary item that will make the difference, this square coffee table is not for everyone. Green beveled marble top, eight empire-style legs and walnut finish with ...
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2010s Italian Empire Tables

Materials

Onyx, Gold Leaf, Silver Leaf

Empire Style Round Side Table, Cerused Finish
Located in Westwood, NJ
An Empire-style neoclassic wooden round side table in a rustic walnut stain finish, with a dish top, four tapered column legs and an X-stretcher base. Dimensions: 30" W x 30" D x ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Vietnamese Empire Tables

Materials

Wood

Fine 19th Century French Gilt Bronze and Marble Gueridon
Located in Dallas, TX
Very fine 19th century French gilt bronze and marble gueridon with gilt bronze eagles heads and pawed feet.
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Late 19th Century French Antique Empire Tables

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Belgian Black Marble, Bronze

Empire Gueridon or Center Table With Black Marble Top With Gilt Bronze Mounts.
Located in Stockholm, SE
A very nice mahogany empire gueridon or center table with gilt bronze mounts and a black marble top. The marble top sculptured with a raised outer rim. The top frame is hold up by th...
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Early 19th Century French Antique Empire Tables

Materials

Marble, Bronze

Small Empire Bedside Table in Mahogany
Located in Brussels, Brussels
A fine 19th century Empire style bedside table in mahogany Beautiful piece that can be used as a bedside table or as occasional table Small well-proportioned piece in superb condit...
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19th Century French Antique Empire Tables

Materials

Mahogany

19th Century Swedish Empire Centre Console Table
Located in Helsingborg, SE
Fine and unusual 19th century Swedish Empire centre console table with Italian pink Calacatta marble top, Ca 1830.
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19th Century European Antique Empire Tables

Materials

Marble

Antique 19th Century Dutch Empire Round Mahogany Table on a Hexagonal Base
Located in Casteren, NL
A very rare Dutch Empire round table in exquisite flamed mahogany. The tabletop is made from two sheets of mahogany in a symmetrical open book manner. The table has a solid mahogany ...
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Mid-19th Century Dutch Antique Empire Tables

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Mahogany, Oak

Antique 18th Century Empire or Louis XVI Mahogany Dutch Side Table
Located in Casteren, NL
This elegant side table was made in The Netherlands around 1780. It has a beautiful mahogany top made of two symmetrical planks, also known as “livre ouvert”. The two pieces of timbe...
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Late 18th Century Dutch Antique Empire Tables

Materials

Mahogany

French 19th Century Empire Desk with Four Drawers and a New Leather Top
Located in Santa Monica, CA
French 19th Century Empire Desk with Four Drawers and a New Leather Top
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Early 19th Century French Antique Empire Tables

Materials

Brass

French Empire Black Lacquered Center Table with Specimen Marble Top
Located in Dallas, TX
Gorgeous French Empire style black lacquered center table with a specimen marble top. There are also touches of gold gilt on the base of the table. A very elegant piece for a fine home!
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Early 20th Century French Empire Tables

Materials

Wood

Empire Style Round Side Table, Country Finish
Located in Westwood, NJ
An Empire-style Neo Classic wooden round side table in a rustic country finish, with a dish top, four tapered column legs and an X stretcher base. Dimensions: 30" W x 30" D x 27....
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21st Century and Contemporary Vietnamese Empire Tables

Materials

Wood

Baker Furniture Empire Burled Walnut Lazy Susan Drum Table
Located in South Bend, IN
A gorgeous Empire or Neoclassical style drum side table or tea table with unique rotating Lazy Susan interior By Baker Furniture USA, Circa 1980s Walnut, with burled walnut ...
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Late 20th Century American Empire Tables

Materials

Walnut, Burl

Early French 19th Century Empire Mahogany And Marble Gueridon
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Empire period marble topped gueridon with a flamed mahogany base, finished with a lustrous French polish. The foot have a finely cast brass ring for decoration.  
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Early 19th Century French Antique Empire Tables

Materials

Marble, Brass

French Empire Mahogany Centre Table with Bronze Dore Mounts, Early 19th Century
Located in Atlanta, GA
Early 19th century Empire mahogany center table with grey dish marble top, ormolu mounts and paw feet.
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Early 19th Century French Antique Empire Tables

Materials

Marble, Ormolu

French 19th Century Mahogany Empire Console
Located in Baton Rouge, LA
A classic and resolute French Empire console. Topped in Belgian granite, this beautiful table is finished in sensational bookmatched mahogany that is in wonderful antique condition. ...
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19th Century French Antique Empire Tables

Materials

Marble, Brass

Round Coffee Table with Azul Marble Top and Luxury Gold Leaf by Modenese
Located in PADOVA, Italy
Modenese artisans kwoledge of gold leaf applications goes beyond imagination. The true essence of their work is shown through this magnificent round coffee table, that catches the ey...
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2010s Italian Empire Tables

Materials

Onyx, Marble, Gold Leaf, Silver Leaf

Oval 19th Century Birch Empire Center Table
Located in Debenham, Suffolk
Oval 19th century birch empire center table circa 1860. Beautiful swedish birch center table. Oval top surface with matched birch veneers and striking grain. Deep freize with sing...
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Mid-19th Century Swedish Antique Empire Tables

Materials

Birch

Danish Empire Yellow Metal Tray Table, Denmark Early 19th Century
Located in Nordhavn, DK
Large Danish empire tray table. Tray in yellow-painted metal with silver-plated carrying handles. On later mahogany base with tapered legs ending in brass feet and casters. Orig...
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Early 19th Century Danish Antique Empire Tables

Materials

Metal, Brass

Baker Furniture Italian Empire Maple Pedestal Breakfast Table, Newly Refinished
Located in South Bend, IN
A gorgeous Italian Empire or Neoclassical style round pedestal breakfast table, game table, or center table By Baker Furniture, "Milling Road" Collection Italy, Circa 1990s ...
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Late 20th Century Italian Empire Tables

Materials

Maple

French Empire-Style Marble-Top Console Table
Located in Vancouver, British Columbia
A vintage French Empire-style mahogany console, the two simple columns with brass capitals and bases and raised on a plinth base, the simple geometric top with gilt mounts and a marb...
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1950s French Vintage Empire Tables

Oval Empire Style Table
Located in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Oval Empire style table Onix marble top with some small chips Origin France Circa 1870 Very good condition.
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1870s French Antique Empire Tables

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Marble

Antique Empire Lacquer Round Table
Located in Los Angeles, CA
An extraordinary round antique empire side table beautifully crafted out of mahogany wood completely restored and refinished by our expert professional craftsmen team, This 1900s end...
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Early 1900s American Antique Empire Tables

Materials

Lacquer, Wood, Mahogany, Giltwood

19th Century American Empire Mahogany Green Marble Top Console Hall Table
Located in Philadelphia, PA
19th Century American empire mahogany green marble top console table. Item features green marble top, serpentine column supports, art print scene in glass, beautiful wood grain, very...
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Late 19th Century American Antique Empire Tables

Materials

Marble

French Empire Style Marble Top Pedestal Table
Located in Houston, TX
Elegant tall side table made of mahogany with black marble top. It Is well made with exceptional bronze dore gilt mounts in the empire Style with a tapered leg ending in bronze dore ...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Empire Tables

Materials

Marble

Empire Gilt Bronze Mounted Mahogany Center Table
Located in Boston, MA
Attributed to Chapuis. The later circular black marble top above a frieze mounted with stylized laurel branches centered by flowerheads, raised on three square tapering legs surmount...
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Early 19th Century French Antique Empire Tables

Materials

Bronze

Pair of Mid-20th Century Tiered Mahogany Lamp Tables
Located in Debenham, Suffolk
Good quality pair of occasional tables, circa 1950. Made in mahogany and very much in the Empire taste. Circular tops with brass beading detail to the frieze. Standing on 4 sabre ...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Empire Tables

Materials

Mahogany

Maison Jansen Gueridon Occasional Table Verre Églomisé Glass Inset Circular Top
Located in Stamford, CT
French Empire style mahogany and parcel-gilt gueridon occasional table, the circular top with verre Églomisé glass inset, atop a single pedestal supported by squared block base. By M...
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1940s Argentine Vintage Empire Tables

Materials

Glass, Wood

19th Century French Empire Small Marble-Topped Table
Located in Hudson, NY
This period Empire table was made in France, circa 1815, is crafted from imported mahogany and done in the Antique taste. This small-scale example is made of bookmatched mahogany ven...
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Early 19th Century French Antique Empire Tables

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Marble

Empire Style Extending Dining Table
Located in Westwood, NJ
Empire style beech and knotty walnut extending dining table with a circular top extending with two additional leaves, a plain frieze on turned legs with acorn feet with triple end le...
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21st Century and Contemporary French Empire Tables

Materials

Wood

21st Century Empire-Style Vanity Unit with Columns by Modenese Gastone
Located in PADOVA, Italy
Luxurious empire-style vanity unit from Modenese Luxury Interiors, Italian furniture producer. Made of solid wood with white laquered finish, plus empire-style wood carved columns, s...
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2010s Italian Empire Tables

Materials

Gold Leaf, Silver Leaf

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