Learn about Games Table

A small table equipped with an inlaid chess board and sometimes a backgammon board. They are often fitted with drawers to hold games pieces, pencils, score sheets and so on. The tops of these tables are sometimes reversible, sometimes opening to reveal the chess board beneath. Examples dating from the 18th century are known, but most still available are of Victorian origin. Many Australian games tables have survived, with the chess board made of stained woods or sometimes consisting of many different inlaid native timbers. Card tables are a variant of the games table.

Learn about Card and Games Tables

Also known as 'gaming tables'. From the early 18th century there have been a wide variety of styles and designs. The playing tops are usually covered with cloth or green baize. Queen Anne and early Georgian examples, with simple cabriole legs, often had recesses for gambling chips. Fold-over card tables, either rectangular or circular were introduced during the mid-18th century, and continued to be made until this century. In some versions, the table legs opened by a concertina or gateleg action to provide support for the top. Other tables, dating from the early 19th century, had a swivel top that rested when opened on the pedestal block or a box-like construction to contain the cards. Collectors will have to rely on stylistic and other evidence to judge the age of card tables, whether they be the elegant half-round tables on tapered and strung legs of the Neoclassical style, the early Victorian pedestal card tables, or the later 19th century card tables frequently veneered in burr walnut in the Rococo revival manner. The small, square tables with fold-up legs and baize or leather tops are a 20th century innovation.

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A games top huon pine and cedar tilt top wine table, circa 1830, 70 cm high, 40 cm wide, 40 cm deep

A honey oak campaign games table 19th century. The folding table with an 'X' frame stretcher base, having fold out metal rings to each corner and four shallow metal bound wells for game pieces, two drawers, one lockable and both fitted with various

A fine quality rosewood and gilt bronze mounted square folding games table in the style of Viardot, French, circa 1880, 77 cm high, 60 cm square

A French walnut rectangular top swivel fold over games table on cylindrical fluted legs. 68 cm high, 70 cm wide, 45 cm deep (when folded)

A Victorian marquetry inlaid chess top sewing table. 71 cm high, 43 cm wide, 35 cm deep

An ornately carved dragon decorated envelope fold games table. 71 cm high, 74 cm square

A George III double fold-over mahogany games table, 77 cm high, 86 cm wide, 43 cm deep

A William IV fold over mahogany games table, circa 1830, the squared table with a circular baize interior upon a faceted pedestal to a circular boss with fine upward scrolling feet. Height 74 cm. Length 92 cm. Width 45 cm. Extended length 91 cm

Victorian rosewood sewing/ games table with fold over oblong top, frieze drawer, pull out slide beneath on twin baluster column supports joined by a turned stretcher on scroll legs

A Victorian walnut stretcher based games table, mid 19th century, the oval table with a chess board inlaid top with pairs of bobbin supports to trestle bases, bobbin feet United by a cotton reel stretcher. Height 69 cm. Width 78 cm. Depth 41 cm.

A small proportioned Queen Anne side table with a chess board top. Height 45 cm, width 55 cm, depth 55 cm

A Regency mahogany fold over games table, early 19th century, the table with chamfered corners and a tapering pedestal to a squared box base with four hipped sabre legs with a ribbed design and brass paw feet with brass casters, the top crossbanded in waln

A Sheraton revival rectangular chess top games table fitted with four drawers on square tapering legs. 76 cm high, 107 cm wide, 62 cm deep

A Victorian walnut games table with parquetry top, of serpentine outline on turned column with out swept legs. 72 cm high, 61 cm wide, 45 cm deep

A French walnut chess top rectangular table. 75.5 cm high, 80 cm wide, 40.5 cm deep

A continental walnut rectangular chess top table on square tapering legs. 67 cm high, 73 cm wide, 43 cm deep

A French Louis XV style floral marquetry fold over games table. 74 cm high, 81 cm wide, 40 cm deep

A Victorian mahogany, drop-side chess table, by James Burrey, Shrewsbury, the top inlaid with rosewood and satinwood chequer board squares, upon a turned pedestal and carved cabriole leg base, the table has two single drawers; one containing a makers label

A Victorian rosewood games table with an unusual envelope top, 78 cm high x 55 cm

A Louis XV style games table, 19th century, 76 cm high, 93 cm wide, 93 cm deep

A N.Z. colonial native timbers inlaid chess top table, of octagonal shape on dark stained turned pedestal support with tripod base. The intricate inlaid top with a tumbling block border design and thumbnail moulded edge. Ex. the estate of Ruth Simon, Sydne

A Moorish influenced parquetry and mother-of-pearl folding top games table, Damascus, early/mid 20th century the top with central hexagonal medallion flanked by diamond shaped motifs and a field of stars and geometric designs, the interior lined with green

A rosewood games table designed by Larry Laslo. Limited edition numbered 11/100. Makers plates. Height 76 cm, width 107 cm, depth 107 cm

A specimen marble and walnut two tier games table, French, circa 1860, 73 cm high, 43 cm wide, 43 cm deep

A mahogany gateleg games style table. Early 20th century, the rectangular table with shaped corners opening to a well figured table top supported on tapering cabriole legs with a simple carved drapery motif to the knees and terminating in pad feet. Height

A Victorian walnut fold over games table. Second half 19th century, the table having a serpentine profile in book end walnut veneer with a fine figuration, opening to a green baize lined interior, raised upon a knopped and relief carved pedestal to four si

A Victorian walnut games table, circa 1880, with brass maker's plaque for Steinfeld Levinson & Co, Ballarat, the square table with fold out triangular sections, lightly engraved and relief carved to the top, with a blue baize interior and four shallow well

A English burr walnut sewing table with fold over games top, circa 1870's. 70 cm high, 53 cm wide, 41 cm deep.

An Art Deco parquetry inlaid glass top games table. 65 cm high, 64 cm diameter.

A fine Victorian walnut games and work table, 19th century. The octagonal table with a parquetry games board top having a delightful fitted interior with little compartments and a deep conical section lined in decorative paper, some sections with padded si

A Victorian burr walnut games table. 73 cm high, 63 cmwide, 43 cm deep.

A walnut parquetry decorated square chess top games table supported on out swept legs. 75 cm high, 80 cm wide, 80 cm deep. 80 cm deep

A good mahogany William IV games table, 1830s, in rich molasses tones, the hinged rectangular table with a green baize top, classical anthemion and shell motifs to the skirt upon a knopped baluster stem with a foliate and skirted base, with four square for

An Edwardian mahogany envelope games table, the top swivelling and opening to reveal a green baize inset playing surface and with copper dishes for player's chips, raised upon a deep frieze with blind fret decoration, a single drawer to one face, elevated

Mid-Victorian walnut work table, with octagonal marquetry chess board top that opens to reveal a fitted interior, supported by a tri-footed pedestal, 44 x 45 cm, 74 cm high

A Victorian walnut fold over pedestal games table, 19th century, the shaped table with fine figuration opening to green baize interior, raised on a shortened lobed and knopped pedestal to four curvaceous splayed legs with prominent knees and feet with scro

French floral marquetry fold over games table, fitted with bronze mounts, approx 76 cm high, 66 cm wide, 45 cm deep

A French late 19th century ebonised brass and ivory inlaid foldover games table. 71 cm high, 88 cm long, 45 cm deep

A superb French Louis XV style kingwood and floral marquetry decorated foldover games table. 77 cm high, 82 cm long, 40 cm deep

An ornately carved fold over games table. 77 cm high, 80 cm long, 39 cm deep