A lovely library table I have in the shop at the moment. It's rather like a large desk but set higher, this is so you could stand about and look at plans and maps etcetera spread out upon it. This example is English and in the style of Heppelwhite and is in original condition, dating from the late 18th century. The whole with it's original leather writing surface, two large drawers to the front with faux drawers to the sides and the back standing upon tapered legs ending in brass castors.
This type of table is very much a product of the industrial revolution, one can just imagine a small group of people standing around it examining the plans to a steam engine or something of that nature. I can imagine this going into a small gallery as it is great for spreading out folio's of artwork upon, or if you just had the luxury of your own library.