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These antiques are sure to bring charm to any space. A circa-1950 American drum-shaped end table is sleek in design while Robert Guillerme's and Jacques Chambron's oak plant stand has a more dimensional-unqiue look.


1 Talk Like an Egyptian
Napoleon’s battles (and defeats) in Egypt sparked an interest throughout Europe in Egyptian motifs—and continued as more ancient pyramids and tombs were discovered. This circa-1900 English Egyptian Revival mahogany table (28" high, 23" wide) is defined by brass molding set above an ivory-and-ebony-inlaid border and topped with a marble slab. $9,800, Florian Papp, 962 Madison Ave., NYC, 212-288-6770, florianpapp.com.

2 Step Right Up
This late-Georgian three-step mahogany library table (29" high, 30" deep) makes it easier to reach that volume of Byron you’ve been looking for, but it was originally designed as a convenience of a different sort: a commode. (The middle cabinet once held the chamber pot.) As an elegant three-level table, the piece has a far more illustrious use today. $7,350, Yale R. Burge, 315 E. 62nd St., NYC, 212-838-4005, yaleburge.com.

3 Drum Beat
This circa-1950 American drum-shaped end table (25½" high, 20½" diam.), one of a pair made of birch and fitted with a glass top, features a two-level compartment and a sleek, sliding shelf. $7,200 for the pair, Eric Appel, 306 E. 61st St., NYC, 212-605-9960, ericappel.com.

4 Swede Dream
Scandinavia was a prime source for much of the wood, often birch, that was used to make Biedermeier furniture, such as this mid-19th-century Swedish octagonal pedestal table (26¾" high, 16½" wide), which includes the original bronze drawer pull. $1,850, Eileen Lane Antiques, 236 E. 60th St., NYC, 212-475-2988, eileenlane.com.

5 Plus Signs
French designers Robert Guillerme and Jacques Chambron created this oak plant stand/occasional table (20½" and 12" high, 25" deep) around 1960 for the company Votre Maison. It comes with circular glass panes that can be positioned on the cross-shaped tops. $2,600, Weinberg Modern, New York Design Center, 200 Lexington Ave., NYC, 646-291-2059, weinbergmodern.com.