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.
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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.
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
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 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
Rare late 18th early 19th century French Louis XVI games table, with reversible multi surface top, lifting to reveal leather writing surface, chequered surface, and inlaid floral marquetry scene, pull out slides with leather, drawers, all standing on squar
A fine Victorian burr walnut games table, circa: 1870s, having an inlaid chequerboard top rotating to open and reveal a felted games table with scoring panels, above a pair of two small drawers flanking a central drawer with a partitioned interior and orig
A Georgian mahogany fold over games table, early 19th century, of simple rectangular form with fold out lopers and having a single cockbeaded frieze drawer with a brass ring pull and supported by tapering squared legs. Height 75 cm. Length 91 cm. Width 44
A French Empire style flame mahogany bound demilune games table, the hinged top enclosing a baize interior, the frieze with brass banding on turned tapering legs with gilt fluting. 77 cm high, 109 cm wide, 55 cm deep.
An antique French mahogany games table, latter half 19th century, the serpentine rectangular top folding over and supported on a slide-action to reveal a baize-lined playing surface, on moulded cabriole legs, with carved floral decoration to the shaped fri
A West Australian specimen tilt top chess table, c.1880's, manufactured with inlaid woods including jarrah, she-oak, cedar and various other timbers, with a turned central pedestal column upon inlaid platform base with three turned bun feet. Height 71.5 cm
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