Early Table Designs Photos

Early European table designs such as those made by Medieval monks or Renaissance craftsmen used stretchers, which are wooden bars going between the bottom of legs to add structural strength so that legs do not break off. Another design of early tables includes simpler trestle tables where saw-horse like structures hold up a board. This page includes such early designs even if of recent vintage.

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Cabinet with inlaid drawers on table with stretchers at Kimberly Crest House. Redlands, CA.Trestle table & stool at Stanley-Whitman House. Farmington, CT.Early American work table at Nathan Hale Homestead Museum. Coventry, CT.Table used by George Washington on Nov. 9, 1789 when he breakfasted at Nathan Hale Homestead Museum. Coventry, CT.
Cabinet with inlaid drawers on table with stretchers at Kimberly Crest House. Redlands, CA.Trestle table & stool at Stanley-Whitman House. Farmington, CT.Early American work table at Nathan Hale Homestead Museum. Coventry, CT.Table used by George Washington on Nov. 9, 1789 when he breakfasted at Nathan Hale Homestead Museum. Coventry, CT.
Kitchen table, chairs & bench at Denison Homestead Museum. Stonington, CT.Document box , blanket chest , work table , arm chair , all from CT at Mattatuck Museum. Waterbury, CT.Vaulted plaster embossed room with table, chest & paintings of the era at Schleswig Holstein State Museum. Schleswig, Germany.Table set with blue China in The Oldest House. St Augustine, FL.
Kitchen table, chairs & bench at Denison Homestead Museum. Stonington, CT.Document box (late 17th C), blanket chest (1760-1810), work table (early 18th C), arm chair (mid 18th C), all from CT at Mattatuck Museum. Waterbury, CT.Vaulted plaster embossed room (17thC) with table, chest & paintings of the era at Schleswig Holstein State Museum. Schleswig, Germany.Table set with blue China in The Oldest House. St Augustine, FL.
Oak trestle table in room with 15thC fireplace & objects at Museum of Decorative Arts. Paris, France.Kitchen with work table at Jacques Cartier Manor House Museum. St Malo, France.Benches & table in Common Room at Jacques Cartier Manor House Museum. St Malo, France.Death of Leonardo da Vinci painting by François-Guillaume Ménageot over Henri II style table & Renaissance chairs in King's bedchamber in Royal Lodge at Chateau Royal of Amboise. Amboise, France.
Oak trestle table (1473-8) in room with 15thC fireplace & objects at Museum of Decorative Arts. Paris, France.Kitchen with work table at Jacques Cartier Manor House Museum. St Malo, France.Benches & table in Common Room at Jacques Cartier Manor House Museum. St Malo, France.Death of Leonardo da Vinci painting (1781) by François-Guillaume Ménageot over Henri II style table & Renaissance chairs in King's bedchamber in Royal Lodge at Chateau Royal of Amboise. Amboise, France.
Polished wood table with turned spiral legs in Marguerite de Navarre's bedroom at Château de Clos Lucé. Amboise, France.Fireplace & Renaissance table in kitchen at Château de Clos Lucé. Amboise, France.Carved table in bedroom of five queens at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Italian-style walnut table Council Chamber at Chaumont-Sur-Loire. France.
Polished wood table with turned spiral legs in Marguerite de Navarre's bedroom at Château de Clos Lucé. Amboise, France.Fireplace & Renaissance table in kitchen at Château de Clos Lucé. Amboise, France.Carved table in bedroom of five queens at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Italian-style walnut table (end 16thC) Council Chamber at Chaumont-Sur-Loire. France.
Table & benches below deck at Dunbrody Famine Ship. New Ross, Ireland.High table in Great Hall with extinct Irish deer antlers at Bunratty Castle. County Clare, Ireland.Daniel, Peter & Andrew Oliver portrait by John Smibert over table & great chairs at Museum of Fine Arts. Boston, MA.Table from New York with two Turkey-work chairs from England plus stool from Danbury, MA at Museum of Fine Arts. Boston, MA.
Table & benches below deck at Dunbrody Famine Ship. New Ross, Ireland.High table in Great Hall with extinct Irish deer antlers at Bunratty Castle. County Clare, Ireland.Daniel, Peter & Andrew Oliver portrait (1732) by John Smibert over table & great chairs (c1700-20) at Museum of Fine Arts. Boston, MA.Table (c1680-99) from New York with two Turkey-work chairs (c1675 & 1700) from England plus stool (c1650-99) from Danbury, MA at Museum of Fine Arts. Boston, MA.
Library with English table & Jacobean-style chairs at Nichols House Museum. Boston, MA.Main room at John Ward House of Peabody Essex Museum. Salem, MA.Formal table at Witch House. Salem, MA.Formal table at Witch House. Salem, MA.
Library with English table (17th C) & Jacobean-style chairs at Nichols House Museum. Boston, MA.Main room at John Ward House of Peabody Essex Museum. Salem, MA.Formal table at Witch House. Salem, MA.Formal table at Witch House. Salem, MA.
Dining room with Northern European center table & Spanish side chairs before French tapestry at Hyde House. Glens Falls, NY.Library with Italian trestle table at Hyde House. Glens Falls, NY.Antique spool leg table with stretchers at Thomas Halsey Homestead. South Hampton, NY.Elizabethan oak table in organ room at Vanderbilt Mansion. Centerport, NY.
Dining room with Northern European center table (c1650) & Spanish side chairs (c1650) before French tapestry (c1600) at Hyde House. Glens Falls, NY.Library with Italian trestle table (1575-1625) at Hyde House. Glens Falls, NY.Antique spool leg table with stretchers at Thomas Halsey Homestead. South Hampton, NY.Elizabethan oak table in organ room at Vanderbilt Mansion. Centerport, NY.
Log table in Fort Clatsop. Astoria, OR.Officers table & utensils in Fort Clatsop. Astoria, OR.Room furnished as office with table for desk & document chest at Spanish Governor's Palace. San Antonio, TX.Antique Madonna & Child on early Spanish table at Spanish Governor's Palace. San Antonio, TX.
Log table in Fort Clatsop. Astoria, OR.Officers table & utensils in Fort Clatsop. Astoria, OR.Room furnished as office with table for desk & document chest at Spanish Governor's Palace. San Antonio, TX.Antique Madonna & Child on early Spanish table at Spanish Governor's Palace. San Antonio, TX.
Table in parlor at Spanish Governor's Palace. San Antonio, TX.Harp on table at Spanish Governor's Palace. San Antonio, TX.Kitchen at Spanish Governor's Palace. San Antonio, TX.Vessels on kitchen table at Spanish Governor's Palace. San Antonio, TX.
Table in parlor at Spanish Governor's Palace. San Antonio, TX.Harp on table at Spanish Governor's Palace. San Antonio, TX.Kitchen at Spanish Governor's Palace. San Antonio, TX.Vessels on kitchen table at Spanish Governor's Palace. San Antonio, TX.
Pine room with American objects of Early Baroque style including drop-leaf table at Bayou Bend. Houston, TX.Scottish refectory table may be part of Castle's original furniture in Gallery at Crathes Castle. Crathes, Scotland.Lord's Hall fireplace & table with stools at Doune Castle. Doune, Scotland.Scottish oak table & chairs before fireplace with carved royal coat of arms of Charles II at Provand's Lordship. Glasgow, Scotland.
Pine room with American objects of Early Baroque style (1690-1730) including drop-leaf table at Bayou Bend. Houston, TX.Scottish refectory table may be part of Castle's original furniture in Gallery at Crathes Castle. Crathes, Scotland.Lord's Hall fireplace & table with stools at Doune Castle. Doune, Scotland.Scottish oak table & chairs (17th C) before fireplace with carved royal coat of arms of Charles II (c1660-85) at Provand's Lordship. Glasgow, Scotland.
Dining room table with silver swan centerpiece at Rough Point. Newport, RI.


Dining room table with silver swan centerpiece at Rough Point. Newport, RI.



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