robin wheatley antiques
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During the 16th and 17th centuries the centre table was a popular table for writing on or playing games on or used as an altar type table by the clergy. Being finnished on all sides and not generally too large the table would often be situated in the centre of the room, hence its name centre table.
A natural progression from the centre table was the side table which included a drawer in the frieze and was unfinnished on the back as it would stand against the wall.
The early centre tables and side tables were made of oak and it wasn’t until the walnut period in the late 17th century that the lowboy came into fashion. Being made in oak, walnut, or country woods the lowboy was a small side table with several drawers which could be variously positioned and often with a knee hole for the sitter. The lowboy was primarily a dressing table and latterly has been used more as a side table.