A Brief History of Tables: From Ancient Egypt to Modern Furniture

A Brief History of Tables: From Ancient Egypt to Modern Furniture

Tables have been an essential part of human culture for thousands of years, serving a variety of purposes from dining and working to worship and decoration. One of the earliest known examples of tables comes from Ancient Egypt, around 2500 BC.

The Egyptians used wood and alabaster to create tables, which were often decorated with intricate carvings and paintings. These tables were used for both practical and ceremonial purposes, such as offering food and drink to the gods or serving meals to royalty.

Over time, tables became more commonplace in other cultures, and new materials were used in their construction. The ancient Greeks, for example, made tables out of stone, while the Romans used marble and other precious stones to create ornate tables for their villas and palaces.

In the Middle Ages, tables were primarily made from wood and were often large and heavy, designed to seat multiple people and withstand heavy use. During the Renaissance, tables became more refined and elegant, with elaborate designs and inlaid decorations.

In the 18th century, a new style emerged in furniture design that would come to be known as Rococo. This exceptionally ornamental and theatrical style of architecture was characterized by its use of delicate curves, asymmetric forms, and ornate decoration. One of the most popular pieces of furniture in this style was the Rococo writing desk, which was often made of mahogany and decorated with intricate carvings, gilding, and painted scenes.

In the 19th century, tables became more functional and less ornate, with simpler designs and a focus on usability. The Industrial Revolution brought new materials such as steel and plastic, and mass production techniques made furniture more affordable and accessible to a wider range of people.

Today, tables come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and materials, from minimalist glass coffee tables to rustic wooden dining tables. At Furniture by Jackson, we offer a wide range of tables to suit any style or occasion. Whether you're looking for a classic wooden dining table, a modern coffee table, or a writing desk, we have something to suit your needs. Browse our selection today and find the perfect table for your home or office.

Image credits: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Wikipedia: Gaius Cornelius, Neoclassicism Enthusiast.

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