By Karen Parr-Moody

Tables can be foundational, the anchor of a family at which generations have eaten. They can be flirty, as with a bar cart that tempts one to craft a cocktail. Then there are those dainty occasional tables to spread lavishly throughout one’s home to accommodate multiple guests and shifting needs (a martini here, a book there). Each table type serves a purpose – or multiple purposes – to foster a convivial environment where everyone feels truly at home.

Tables have been selling swiftly at GasLamp. As Covid-19 continues to affect our habits and people stay home more than before, they seek ways to make their spaces more user-friendly. At GasLamp, they find an array of tables to suit a variety of needs.

For some people, the historic pandemic has unearthed long-forgotten pastimes such as solving puzzles or crafting. But where to partake of such pursuits? At a small-ish table that is the dedicated spot for creating that intimate nook in your house or apartment. While a card table would suffice, we prefer more polish – and that can be found in this 1930s solid oak table that measures 30 by 36 inches ($695; S-520). The four fancy chairs have press backs and re-caned bottoms.

The simplicity of this 1930s table makes it incredibly versatile.

The Coppes Bros. & Zook Co. of Nappanee, Indiana crafted this Nupane Tu-Top enamel and wood table during the late 1920s ($295; Booth T-189). The antique dealers offering this table have bought and sold many enamel-top tables through the decades. They say this rare table is the only one they have seen in this design. Crafted from a natural wood base that includes a handy drawer, the table also features leaves to make it larger. But they don’t pull out from each side, which is typical. Rather, this table works like a game table: One turns the top 90 degrees then opens it up to reveal a wood top that doubles the size. It is 32 inches in height; the top is 41.5 by 25 inches when closed and 41.5 x 50 inches when open.

This enamel-and-wood table is a rare style.

If one were to enter a London home of distinction in the 1700s, one would likely join guests at an oval table playing a game called Lanterloo. Introduced by the French, Lanterloo – also called “loo” – was wildly popular among the aristocracy of Georgian England, and by the 1800s it had been adopted by the growing middle class of the Victorian Era.

Hailing from the 1700s, the “loo” table design was inspired by a French card game.

GasLamp currently features a “loo table” designed in the traditional way, as a tripod topped by an oval tilt top. This version is made of burl-walnut and features ornate vines carved into its circumference ($2,448; Booth B-162). It’s a space-saving design, because it can be tilted vertically when not in use and pushed to one corner of the room. When used as a dining table, this loo table comfortably sits between six to eight people and, as with any rounded table, forms an egalitarian seating arrangement.

Handmade from Tennessee cherry wood, this 19th-century drop-leaf table is an Americana find ($548; Booth T-162). Made of solid wood, this table is a beautiful reddish-brown color. With two leaves that significantly enlarge the table, this is a versatile piece that can be used as a breakfast table, dining table or console.

Handmade tables of this caliber don’t come along often.

A vintage bar cart provides practical usage beyond the cocktail hour. It can hold plants under a sunny window or act as a chic office organizer. Midcentury modern style permeates this bar cart made of shiny chrome and smoked glass ($325; Booth T-189).

Midcentury modern charm infuses this chrome bar cart.

A lamp table – or accent table or end table – serves so many purposes. This vintage version in solid oak features barley twist legs and a scalloped edge on the round top. ($150; Booth T-512). The top offers display space, as does a shelf beneath.

A classically designed end table can always find a place.

Whether one’s overall style is traditional, rustic, minimalist or maximalist, a beautiful antique table can always find a home. GasLamp carries hundreds of tables throughout the two stores, an array of styles that will increase any home’s hospitality.

Product photos by David Wariner

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