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The first tables were simple planks of wood supported by trestles. In the early 17th C the first refectory tables appeared with their sturdy legs with joined stretchers.  The dining table arrived during the Renaissance but it was in the 18th C that it became a general feature.  It was often round and in mahogany or walnut.  By the 19th C the extending table was popular.  Many other tables of all shapes and sizes appeared from the reign of Louis XV onwards: console tables, small pedestal tables, card tables, etc. The late 19th-early 20th C saw the arrival of the low coffee table and the Majorelle occasional table.  Vintage coffee tables of the 20th C can be found not only in wood but in plastic, metal and composite materials.

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