Choose the right dining table for your home (and your wallet) at auction

When choosing the perfect dining table – and indeed any piece of household furniture – it is crucial to choose something functional that suits your space and fits your budget.


This Ercole Saville dining table and chairs are offered for £200-400 at Mallams’ Modern Living sale on August 13.

While there are plenty of retailers out there churning out new tables all the time, you’ll get far more for your money if you choose to buy at auction. Plus you won’t have to worry about coming across the exact same model at a friend’s house.

There are plenty of options available in the coming weeks, which can be found on Remember to check condition reports – dining tables should enhance the space they’re in – and dimensions of both the piece and your room before bidding.

Often you can buy dining sets which include chairs, such as the Ercole example above offered at Gloucestershire auction house Mallams on August 13. This Saville table comes with six matched chairs at an estimate of £200-400.

View and bid for the Ercole table here.

If you’re looking for something a little more historic, try this George IV circular oak table, c.1820. The hinged top is presented on a turned column with sabre legs. Possibly made from a Pembroke table top, it may have been made for a workhouse in South Wales. Dreweatts offers it on August 14 with an estimate of £300-500.


This Georgian round dining table is offered at Dreweatts’ General Sale on August 14 with an estimate of £300-500.

View and bid for this Georgian table here.

Although it won’t be suitable for every home, if you have a large historic property, dark, chunky furniture such as mahogany table can be just the ticket. Made c.1900 it’s made to look like a piece of early Victorian furniture. Perfect for hosting an extended family the extending table has six additional leaf insertions. It is also offered by Dreweatts and is pitched at £1500-2500 in its August 19 Interiors sale.


Dreweatts offers this Victorian-style mahogany extending table in its Interiors sale of August 19 where it has an estimate of £1500-2500.

View and bid for this Victorian style extending dining table here.

Although the seats offered with this c.1960 teak dining table show some of their years of use, they could be brought up-to-date with a little TLC. Made in the manner of John Herbert for A Younger, the rectangular-topped table features two pull-out cantilever leaves. Offered on August 20 with six teak dining chairs ‘Siesta’ by NH Chapman & Co, the table has an estimate of £200-300 at Anderson & Garland.


Offered with six dining chairs, this teak dining table c.1960 with two cantilever leaves is available for £200-300 at Anderson & Garland’s Modern Auction on August 20.

View and bid for this teak c.1960 table here.

Buying old at auction doesn’t always mean buying ancient – but the option is there should you want it.

If you’re looking to fill a large kitchen/dining room space perhaps in a country house check out the vast selection of ‘refectory’ tables out there. Some are genuinely historic, such as this 17th century and later example from Woolley & Wallis. It has an estimate of £300-400 at the auction house’s Furniture, Works of Art and Clocks sale on August 11.


Offered with an estimate of £300-400, this 17th century and later refectory table is included in Woolley & Wallis’ Furniture, Works of Art and Clocks sale on August 11.

View and bid for this antique refectory table here.

For something less ancient but still appealing, there are modern versions such as this 20th century example in the 17th century style, which Dreweatts offers on August 19 for £400-600.


Dreweatts offers 17th century style refectory table table in its Interiors sale of August 19 where it has an estimate of £400-600.

View and bid for this modern refectory table here.

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