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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An Italian inlaid veneer games playing table, mid 20th century, comprising of chess, backgammon, roulette wheel and board (board AF) and games playing pieces. Height 74 cm; top: 78 x 78 cm

Antique Victorian inlaid walnut fold over games table fitted with two drawers, approx 72 cm high, 88 cm wide, 45 cm deep

A Victorian burr walnut and satin-wood inlaid drop-side games table, circa 1880. 70 cm high, 64 cm wide and 49 cm deep

A French Louis XVI style kingwood and mahogany games table, with hinged top and cross banding. 78 cm high, 85 cm wide, 43 cm deep

A French Provincial cherrywood chess top games table on square tapering legs. 76 cm high, 80 cm wide, 56 cm deep

A fine French cherrywood parquetry games table, the fold over top enclosing a baize interior, the frieze with parquetry decoration and ormolu mounts, on high cabriole legs. 76 cm high, 82 cm wide, 56 cm deep

Edwardian rosewood demi lune games table. Baize inner playing surface. Central column with three carved feeteight71 cm. Depth 87 cm (extended)

Fine vintage French reversible top games table, in walnut and kingwood veneer, approx 77 cm high, 100 cm long, 61 cm deep

Antique French Renaissance games table, approx 72 cm high, 100 cm wide, 60 cm deep

Games Table. Cedar, blackwood & huon pine circular top wine table on turned base. Circa 1880s. Height 72 cm, diameter 45 cm

A fine Anglo-Indian sadeli ware mosaic & ivory games table. Beautifully fitted drawer interiors, early 19th century. Height 77 cm, width 61 cm

Victorian mahogany pedestal games table, with fold over swivel top and marquetry inlay, 94 cm wide, 75 cm high

A Middle Eastern parquetry inlaid games table, the swivelling fold-over top opening to reveal a backgammon board and a baize covered surface. 60 cm x 30 cm x 58 cm

A walnut games table. The table has a fold-out top with games playing board, and lower single drawer, attached to a Deco style base. Height 67 cm; top: 62 x 40 cm

An fine Victorian paper mache fold over card table with mother-of-pearl inlay and backgammon and chess board

Victorian inlaid walnut games table with spiral column & carved cabriole leg base

English mahogany envelope games table, approx 77 cm high, 58 cm Sq

Vintage oak games table, with fold over swivel top, scroll carving and barley twist legs, 75 cm wide

Antique French games table, approx 72 cm high, 65 cm wide

An Indian padouk ebony and ivory inlaid games table with two hinged compartments and folding legs. Height 36 cm. Width 87 cm.

Victorian walnut sewing table with chess board inlay top that lifts to to reveal a fitted interior, on carved tri-footed base, 44 cm x 44 cm, 71.5 cm high

Chippendale style black lacquered fold over games table, with baize-lined interior (A/F). Height 77 cm width 77 cm

Salesman's sample miniature work table (English) c1860s. Mahogany & birdseye maple games top with fitted interior. Height 23 cm, width 21 cm, depth 19 cm, Rare

Antique French mahogany fold over demi lune games table, with brass banding, standing on square tapering legs, approx 76 cm high, 75 cm wide

Old French mahogany fold over games table, approx 75 cm high, 87 cm wide

Victorian mahogany games table, with fold over swivel top and underneath storage compartment, on turned legs with metal castors, 96 cm wide, 74.5 cm high

A fine Victorian burr walnut games table, circa 1860s, having a rectangular outline with lobed ends, with delicate marquetry inlay to the centre and ebony and satinwood banding opening to a green baize interior, supported on four fluted legs with garlic bu

A Victorian burr walnut demi-lune games table, circa 1860s, having a fold over top with thumb nail edging and a green baize interior above a single tripod pedestal of carved and boldly knopped form to carved and splayed curved legs terminating in scroll fe

A William IV rosewood games table, circa 1830s, the rectangular top with striking figuration opening to a circular baize interior, having a shaped apron upon a faceted bulbous pedestal with a foliate collar and spreading foot, raised on four large lion'

A Louis XV style fold over games table, 20th century, with a serpentine profile, cross banded with kingwood, mahogany and walnut with delicate foliate inlay opening to a green baize interior, a frieze drawer within a shaped apron and upon cabriole legs wit

Antique French walnut fold over games table, standing on multi tulip turned legs, approx 75 cm high, 83 cm long

A Louis XVI style French walnut sunburst top games table. Demi Lune form, enclosing a beige interior, on square tapering supports. 78 cm high, 90 cm wide, 45 cm deep.

A French walnut games table, the rectangular hinged top with brass edging, on square tapering supports. 75 cm high, 70 cm long, 34.5 cm deep.

A French walnut Louis XV style 19th century games table. The hinged top with floral marquetry flanked by brass edging and ormolu corners. The frieze with floral marquetry on cabriole legs with ormolu sabots. 76 cm high, 73 cm wide, 53 cm deep.

A colonial NZ timbers inlaid chess table of octagonal form on turned column and tripod base. Height 72 cm. Diameter 70 cm. Provenance: Ruth Simon Estate, Sydney

A Syrian bone and mother of pearl inlaid games table, circa 1900, the top with geometric motifs opening to reveal a central felt playing surface together with various board game surfaces including backgammon, Checkers and chess, supported by shaped inlaid

Early 20th century French oak square form games table, with upholstered and studded top, fitted with two drawers and corner pull out slide, standing on slender legs terminating with carved hoof feet, 90 cm square

A fine Louis Phillipe kingwood and marquetry games table circa 1840; quarter veneered to top with satin and tulipwood floral marquetry and ormolu mounts on four fine cabriole legs key available 83 x 60 cms