The world laughs at Putin’s swanky table: a small centerpiece


In the face of the photos, the world laughs under the table: Vladimir Putin is sitting at the table with the West – at a distance of a meter! Like Alec Guinness in The Little Lord with his grandson.

The table itself is just as absurd: ostentatious seven meters long, white lacquered oak with elegant inlays, on three mighty pedestals, costing 100,000 euros – and empty. Scholz may have banged on the table to back up his point, but might as well have banged on a concrete block.

Under the monster, Putin can drink a complete Russian destroyer crew! The Kremlin table is not only an expression of bad taste, but also of megalomania. Putin demonstrates: You have your feet under my desk here, my rules apply! Because the owner determines what is put on the table.



The Internet mocks Putin’s table with a made-up Ikea adPhoto: manufacturer

Without tables, our life would not work.

At the regulars’ table (originally the most important people in the village, the tribe so to speak) discussions are held. Paying homage to God on the altar, Jesus (a carpenter) invited his disciples to the table for communion. Decided at the green table (conference tables had green felt covers). You can lose everything at the gaming table.

Deals are ripped off (like finger hooking) or done under, in secret. The origins of the bank lie on the money exchange tables (It. banko) in Venice. And some only have the cat table, the floor.


Cash desk: Jakob Fugger in his office with an accountant.  The central point was his cash desk, over which he dragged many a prince

Cash desk: Jakob Fugger in his office with an accountant. The central point was his cash desk, over which he dragged many a princePhoto: Source: Book of Clothes of Matthäus Schwarz; Herzog Anton Ulrich Museum Braunschweig

Only those who are sitting at the table can have a say. Ideally at a round table where everyone has an equal voice, like King Arthur’s Round Table. A round table also ends the GDR.


Round table of the reunification: Foreign Minister Genscher, Russian head of state Gorbachev and Chancellor Kohl in conversation at a wooden block as a table

Round table of the reunification: Foreign Minister Genscher, Russian head of state Gorbachev and Chancellor Kohl in conversation at a wooden block as a tablePhoto: AP

In the authoritarian household there is a long table. At the head of the householder. He picks up the board when he’s had enough, the table top is carried out with all the food. He lets unimportant things fall under the table like leftovers. But: If the cat is out of the house, the mice dance on the table – no control over it.


The funniest table in the world: Miss Sophie's 90th birthday table

The funniest table in the world: Miss Sophie’s 90th birthday tablePhoto: NDR


High Risk Table: Gaming tables can also get expensive very quickly

High Risk Table: Gaming tables can also get expensive very quicklyPhoto: picture alliance / AP Photo

Therefore, in history, the table is the meeting place of the powerful. First the pharaoh or high priest who sacrifices to the gods at the table and communicates with them. The altar table in the Temple of Solomon is said to have been made of solid gold. Later, rulers sat together at the table.


The table of tables: Jesus with his disciples at the last supper

The table of tables: Jesus with his disciples at the last supperPhoto: picture alliance /


The most expensive table in the world: It doesn't always have to be ostentatious!  This little table, made by the American carpenter Thomas Tafft at the end of the 18th century, went for around 4 million euros at an auction.

The most expensive table in the world: It doesn’t always have to be ostentatious! This little table, made by the American carpenter Thomas Tafft at the end of the 18th century, sold for around 4 million euros at an auctionPhoto: manufacturer

War and peace were then decided there. The negotiations of the Peace of Westphalia were a long sitting at the table with countless banquets. In Potsdam, the victors came clean with Nazi Germany at Cecilienhof Palace.


Conference table: In the summer of 1945, the victorious powers discussed the further fate of Germany.  Location: a round table in Cecilienhof Palace.  The table can still be seen today

Conference table: In the summer of 1945, the victorious powers discussed the further fate of Germany. Location: a round table in Cecilienhof Palace. The table can still be seen todayPhoto: dpa

In the British Parliament, the governing party and the opposition sit opposite each other with a table in between.


The table in the British Parliament

The table in the British ParliamentPhoto: picture alliance / empics

But the most important thing is what is served. Best: dessert!

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