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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. Ormolu — or elaborate bronze gilding — was essential to French design in the 18th and 19th centuries as a cornerstone of the neoclassical and Empire styles.

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
Antique French Empire Style Ebonized Mahogany Round Table with Marble Top
Located in Chicago, IL
Antique French Empire or Egyptian Revival small solid mahogany side table, wine table or end table with lion paw feet, that was recently restored with an old school ebonized finish. ...
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1890s French Antique Empire Tables

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Marble, Bronze

Pair of French Empire Style Burlwood Guéridon Tables
Located in Forney, TX
A pair of mid-century French Empire style side tables, having a round burlwood tabletop, over a single drawer, rising on columnar supports, shaped stretcher, ending in turned feet. ...
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Mid-20th Century Empire Tables

Materials

Wood, Burl

French Extending Dining Table, Elm Burl & Brass, circa 1920
Located in Labrit, Landes
Round dining table table, in the Empire style and made in France circa 1920. Elm burl and brass. This table can be extended to 110 in. (280 cm) by adding four table extensions. As yo...
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Early 20th Century French Empire Tables

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Elm

Antique Mahogany American Empire Colonial Small Secretary Writing Desk Table
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Antique Mahogany American Empire Colonial Small Secretary Writing Desk Table. Item features beautiful crotch mahogany wood grain, dovetail constructed drawers, unlocked, no key, very...
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19th Century Antique Empire Tables

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Mahogany

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

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Marble, Brass

Antique Verdi Green Marble Top French Empire Pedestal End Table Circa 1870
Located in Swedesboro, NJ
Marble top. Brass accents and claw feet. Wood frame. 29 1/2" h x 15 5/8" diameter. Condition Loose trim. Splits in seams. Previous repair. Veneer bubbling.
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1870s French Antique Empire Tables

Materials

Marble, Brass

A 19th Century Rafraichissoir Table
Located in Dallas, TX
A 19th century rafraichissoir table with gilt and ebonized swan supports. Mahogany, circa 1845. France.
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19th Century French Antique Empire Tables

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Mahogany

French 19th Century Empire St. Ormolu, Mahogany, And Gray Marble Console
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A beautiful and high quality French 19th century Empire st. Ormolu, Mahogany, and gray marble console. The console with original mirror plates is raised by two front Ormolu foliate b...
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19th Century French Antique Empire Tables

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Marble, Ormolu

19th Century French Empire Style Vanity w/Marble Top
Located in San Francisco, CA
19th Century Vanity in the French Empire Style Marble top and brass casters on pull-out sections 36.25 W x 20.5 D x 60 H
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19th Century Antique Empire Tables

Materials

Marble, Brass

French 19th Century Empire Desk
Located in Baton Rouge, LA
A classically designed Empire style mahogany desk from France. This desk has a new inset green leather top embossed with brass tooling and banding around the perimeter. A more worn l...
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19th Century French Antique Empire Tables

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Brass

French Empire Maple Pedestal Breakfast Table or Center Table
Located in South Bend, IN
A gorgeous French Empire or French Country style solid maple pedestal breakfast table or center table By Ethan Allen USA, Late 20th Century Measures: 34.25"W x 34.25"D x 28.25"H. ...
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Late 20th Century American Empire Tables

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Maple

Vintage French Empire Style Tooled Leather Top Mahogany Table by Maitland Smith
Located in Chicago, IL
Vintage French Empire Regency Style Tooled Leather Top Mahogany Library/Hall Table by Maitland Smith Elegant and stunning vintage French Empire Regency style library/hall table by M...
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Mid-20th Century British Empire Tables

Materials

Brass

French Empire Style Ebonized & Gilt Console Table 20thC
Located in Big Flats, NY
***Ask About Reduced In-House Shipping Rates - Reliable Service & Fully Insured*** A French Empire style console table offers ebonized wood construction with gilt foliate, rosette an...
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20th Century Empire Tables

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Wood

French Empire Style Mahogany Mother of Pearl Wreath Inlay Accent Side Table
Located in Philadelphia, PA
French Empire Style Mahogany Mother of Pearl Wreath Inlay Accent Side Table. Item features mother of pearl and wood floral wreath inlay, carved reeded column-form legs, very nice vin...
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Early 20th Century Empire Tables

Materials

Mahogany

Mid-19th Century French Empire Walnut Console Table with Drawers
Located in Dallas, TX
Dress an entryway or hall way with this elegant, antique console. Crafted in France, circa 1820, the simple, narrow, fruit wood table stands on four turned legs embellished with a bo...
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Mid-19th Century French Antique Empire Tables

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Walnut

Antique 19th C Empire Mahogany Gilt-Wood Marble Top Table
Located in LOS ANGELES, CA
Antique 19th C Empire Mahogany Gilt-Wood Marble Top Table
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Early 19th Century French Antique Empire Tables

Materials

Marble

Antique Empire Style Black lacquer Mirror Table with original mirror
Located in Wichita, KS
This beautiful Antique Empire style table is one of a kind and a stunner. Antique mirror and Black lacquer wood trim. it would make a gorgeous entry table or dining table and so muc...
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Late 19th Century European Antique Empire Tables

Materials

Wood, Mirror

Italian Empire Style Beech Wood Round Pedestal Table
Located in Casale Monferrato, IT
Rare and fine quality Italian empire style round pedestal table in beech wood. The top is supported by three pairs of refined columns. In the lower part the columns end with a deligh...
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1980s Italian Vintage Empire Tables

Materials

Beech

19th Century French Empire Demilune Console Table
Located in Winter Park, FL
An early 19th century French Empire demilune console table with black marble top. Made of solid walnut with veneer of burled walnut. Turned columns with ebonized capitals. Good craft...
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Early 19th Century French Antique Empire Tables

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Marble

French Marble-Top Gueridon Table or Guéridon in the Empire Style
Located in Austin, TX
A handsome French round gueridon table or gue´ridon (17" diameter), in the Empire style featuring a circular top of figured black marble set upon a tripod column support of mahogany ...
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19th Century French Antique Empire Tables

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Marble, Metal, Brass

French 19th Century Massive Empire Gueridon
Located in Baton Rouge, LA
A massive French white marble top Empire Gueridon made of mahogany. The solid pedestal base has a painted and gilt collar above three splayed feet, the whole raised on working caster...
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19th Century French Antique Empire Tables

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Marble

Pair Of Somnos (bedside Tables Or Sofa Tables) In Mahogany-19th Century
Located in Brussels, Brussels
rare pair of Somno from the Empire period entirely in Cuban Burl Mahogany veneer and covered with a marble. Very beautiful pair which has exactly the same dimensions. The marbles ar...
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Early 19th Century French Antique Empire Tables

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Mahogany

19th Century Italian Empire Game Table
Located in Atlanta, GA
19th Century excellent quality Italian Empire rent or games table of mahogany having a beautifully grained top with beveled edge. The table’s frieze holds four working drawers separa...
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19th Century Italian Antique Empire Tables

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Mahogany, Giltwood

Antique French Empire Mahogany Draw Leaf Dining Table with Bronze Mounts
Located in Dallas, TX
Antique French Empire Mahogany Draw Leaf Dining Table with Bronze Mounts exudes elegance, and is extraordinarily versatile with two leaves that are always there when you need them, t...
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Early 20th Century French Empire Tables

Materials

Bronze

1900 Vintage Empire J. K. Rishel Carved Lion Dining Table
Located in west palm beach, FL
A stunning vintage late 19th Century Regency dining table. Made by the Williamsport J. K. Rishel group and tagged on the bottom. Beau...
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Early 1900s American Antique Empire Tables

Materials

Metal

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 Vietnamese Empire Tables

Materials

Wood

Empire Stellar Dining Table
Located in Westwood, NJ
Empire style round dining table with beech and quartered walnut veneer and a stellar parquetry inlaid top with a molded edge on a tapered octagonal column base and quatrefoil concave...
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21st Century and Contemporary Vietnamese Empire Tables

Materials

Wood

19th Century Gilt and Paint Empire Console With Marble Top
Located in Charlottesville, VA
A paint and Giltwood French console. Marble top
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19th Century French Antique Empire Tables

Materials

Marble

Period French Empire Walnut and Black Fossil Stone Gueridon Table, Circa 1815
Located in Dallas, TX
Gueridon tables originated in France in the mid-1600s, often serving as highly decorative pedestals for displaying candlesticks or fine ceramics. During the reign of Napoleon (known ...
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Early 19th Century French Antique Empire Tables

Materials

Stone

Empire Octagonal Chess Table, 1870s, Set of 33
Located in EVERDINGEN, NL
A stylish Empire wooden chesstable from around 1870 in good condition with some minor signs of wear. It is stable and quite heavy. The table would be a great addition in a classic in...
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Late 19th Century Dutch Antique Empire Tables

Materials

Bone, Birdseye Maple, Padouk

Early 19th Century French Empire Marble Top Carved Mahogany Console Table
Located in Dallas, TX
This elegant antique console was crafted in France, circa 1810. Standing on turned front columns ending in round feet, and pilaster legs in the rear over a stretcher platform bottom ...
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Early 19th Century French Antique Empire Tables

Materials

Marble

19th C Empire Ebonised Round Table with Brass Figural Mounts
Located in Troy, MI
Found in France, this two tier round table has strong empire / neoclassic style elements. We had the table professionally ebonised in England an...
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Early 19th Century French Antique Empire Tables

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Bronze

Empire Mahogany 2-Drawer Stand, Circa 1810, France
Located in Alexandria, VA
This high style 2-drawer stand is made of mahogany and mahogany book matched veneer with French pine secondary wood. The piece has a finished back, so it can be used away from the wa...
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Early 19th Century French Antique Empire Tables

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Marble, Brass

Antique French Empire Style Round Pedestal Table
Located in Chicago, IL
*** Shipping is NOT Free, please read below how to get a shipping quote. Antique French Empire Style Round Pedestal Table with Burlwood Center A gorgeous French Regency style circ...
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Early 20th Century French Empire Tables

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Wood, Mahogany, Giltwood, Burl

French Early 19th Century Vanity
Located in Stockbridge, GA
This Vanity is made of mahogany with a white marble top. It has some bronze pineapple on each side of the mirror. dimension from the floor to the marble top 30.8''H dimension from th...
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Early 19th Century French Antique Empire Tables

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Marble

A French ebonized Empire style marble top coffee table with bronze mounts.
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A French ebonized Empire style marble top coffee table with bronze mounts circa 1940.
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1940s French Vintage Empire Tables

Materials

Marble

Empire Style Table, Desk in Gilt Bronze, Mahogany and Marble.
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Empire style table, desk in gilt bronze, mahogany and marble. 19th century or early 20th century Empire style mahogany and gilt bronze table, desk, green marble top, 2 drawers.   H:...
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Early 20th Century French Empire Tables

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Marble, Bronze

Antique thread table, Northern Europe, around 1860. After renovation.
Located in Chorzów, PL
A thread table from the second half of the 19th century in the Biedermeier style. A small piece of furniture, a bit forgotten today, but once a must-have for a housewife for needlew...
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1860s Swedish Antique Empire Tables

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Mahogany

19th Century French Empire Style Circular Side Table
Located in Winter Park, FL
A 19th Century French Empire style circular side table, or nightstand, made of beautifully patterned veneer of walnut with a dark gray St. Anne marble top. Door with small brass knob...
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19th Century French Antique Empire Tables

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Marble

Empire style thread table, Western Europe, circa 1860.
Located in Chorzów, PL
A thread table from the mid-19th century, Western Europe. The furniture is in very good condition. Dimensions: height 79 cm / width 38 cm / depth 31 cm
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1860s French Antique Empire Tables

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Walnut

2 Vintage Henredon Empire Ebonized 3 Tier Pedestal Table Sculpture Plant Stand
Located in Dayton, OH
Pair of Vintage Henredon black ebonized three tier pedestal table / plant or sculpture stands featuring Empire styling with brass gold lion head rope tassel accents over flared legs ...
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Late 20th Century Empire Tables

Materials

Hardwood, Paint

19th Century French Retour d'Egpyte Antique Veneered Mahogany Console Table
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
An early 19th Century, antique French Retour d'Egpyte freestanding console table made of hand crafted shellac polished, partly veneered Mahogany, in good condition. The rectangular t...
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Early 19th Century French Antique Empire Tables

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Marble, Metal, Brass

19th Century Marble & Mahogany Gueridon Pedestal Table With Turned Wood Column
Located in High Wycombe, GB
19th Century Marble & Mahogany Gueridon Pedestal Table With Turned Wood Column Over a Tripod Base Terminating With Brass Paw Feet. Would make for an excellent hallway centre table, ...
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19th Century British Antique Empire Tables

Materials

Marble

Napoleon III pedestal with clock
Located in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Napoleon III pedestal with clock Onyx marble column and champleve enamel with golden bonce The watch has very fine machinery and is stamped Vincenti y Cia 1855 The machinery works Ci...
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1870s French Antique Empire Tables

Materials

Marble, Bronze, Enamel

Empire Style Carved Swan Marble Top Console Table
Located in Bradenton, FL
Unique mid-century hand carved and polychrome painted Swan console table. Table features a Carrara marble top on three columnar supports flanking a large beautifully hand carved wooden swan...
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20th Century Empire Tables

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Marble

Late 20th Century Empire Style Fruitwood Pedestal Side Table
Located in Germantown, MD
Late 20th Century Empire Style Fruitwood Pedestal Side Table in great vintage condition. Very sturdy. Quality made in USA. Measures 16" in diameter
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Late 20th Century American Empire Tables

Materials

Fruitwood

French Empire Style Mahogany Bureau Plat
Located in Winter Park, FL
An early 20th century French Empire style bureau plat, or executive desk, with five dovetailed drawers and pull-out side extensions. Bookmatched flame mahogany veneer over solid oak....
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Mid-20th Century French Empire Tables

Materials

Brass

Empire Style Oval French Extending Dining Table.
Located in Prato, Tuscany
We kindly suggest that you read the entire description, as with it we try to give you detailed technical and historical information to ensure the authenticity of our objects. This f...
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Early 20th Century French Empire Tables

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Sapele Wood

French 19th Century Empire Mahogany Writing Desk with Embossed Leather Top
Located in Hopewell, NJ
Elegant dual-sided 1880s French Empire style pedestal leg desk featuring the original rectangular gold embossed green leather top in good condition. Top sits on turned trestle legs w...
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19th Century French Antique Empire Tables

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Brass

Empire Desk, France 1830
Located in Leimen, DE
This Empire desk dates back to around 1820-30 and was made in Northern Germany. The spacious desk has a total of five drawers and pull out shelf. The elegant design has the typical c...
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1830s French Antique Empire Tables

Materials

Mahogany

French 19th Century Mahogany Empire Console
Located in Baton Rouge, LA
A classic French Empire console from the 19th century. Made of warmly toned mahogany, it has gained a wonderful patina over the centuries. It retains its original white marble top w...
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19th Century French Antique Empire Tables

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Marble, Bronze, Brass

Antique Pair French Empire Mahogany Bedside Cabinets 19th Century
Located in London, GB
A thoroughly delightful pair of antique French Empire brass inlaid flame mahogany bedside cabinets, circa 1830 in date. They are freestanding and finished on all four sides. They ea...
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1830s French Antique Empire Tables

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Mahogany

19th Century Italian Game Table
Located in Dallas, TX
19th century Italian Empire style game table. Rosewood and boxwood veneers, marquetry sunburst in center of table and striping along three exposed edges. Opens to expose a circul...
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19th Century Italian Antique Empire Tables

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Leather, Boxwood, Rosewood

Councill Empire Style Mahogany Table, 20th C
Located in New York, NY
Councill Empire Style Mahogany Table, 20th century, signed "Councill" inside drawer. Dealer: S138XX
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20th Century American Empire Tables

Materials

Mahogany

French 19th Century Empire Console
Located in Baton Rouge, LA
This French 19th Century bookmatched flame mahogany console has its original charcoal marble top that fits over the base. Column-form front legs support the top along with the consol...
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19th Century French Antique Empire Tables

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Brass

French Empire Center Table, C. 1850
Located in Dallas, TX
18th Century Empire Center Table with gilt bronze accents
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19th Century French Antique Empire Tables

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Marble, Metal, Bronze

19th CENTURY EMPIRE CONSOLE IN MAHOGANY AND FIR
Located in Firenze, FI
This console from the Empire period (early 19th century) is made with fine mahogany wood paneling, while the columns are made from fir wood. Its structure is embellished with refined...
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Early 19th Century Italian Antique Empire Tables

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Bronze

French 19th Century Empire Style Center Table
Located in Baton Rouge, LA
An impressive 19th Century Empire center table made in France. The gray-white marble top sits perfectly on its table base with an inset beveled marble ring. The table base is wrapped...
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19th Century French Antique Empire Tables

Materials

Marble, Brass

Empire tables for sale on 1stDibs.

Find a broad range of unique Empire tables for sale on 1stDibs. Many of these items were first offered in the 21st Century and Contemporary, but contemporary artisans have continued to produce works inspired by this style. If you’re looking to add vintage tables created in this style to your space, the works available on 1stDibs include tables, case pieces and storage cabinets and other home furnishings, frequently crafted with wood, mahogany and other materials. If you’re shopping for used Empire tables made in a specific country, there are Europe, France, and North America pieces for sale on 1stDibs. While there are many designers and brands associated with original tables, popular names associated with this style include Maitland Smith, Baker Furniture Company, and Grosfeld House. It’s true that these talented designers have at times inspired knockoffs, but our experienced specialists have partnered with only top vetted sellers to offer authentic pieces that come with a buyer protection guarantee. Prices for tables differ depending upon multiple factors, including designer, materials, construction methods, condition and provenance. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $595 and tops out at $26,000 while the average work can sell for $2,675.

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