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 Victorian rosewood foldover games table, 19th century, the rectangular table with a serpentine front opening to a baize lined interior, raised on a knopped carved stem and four splayed curvaceous legs with knees and feet relief carved with leafy and goth
A Victorian burr walnut fold over games table, 19th century, the serpentine shaped table opening to a circular green baize interior above a carved and cup form knopped pedestal with four curvaceous splayed legs embellished with relief carved leaf decoratio
Napoleon III ormolu mounted card table, late 19th century, the inlaid swivel top decorated with birds and scrolling leaves opening to reveal a gilt-tooled green baize lining, raised on four tapered legs joined by a shaped stretcher, missing centre finial,
An Edwardian mahogany envelope card table, the square top with an envelope opening to reveal a green baize interior, cross banding and strung detail to the top, raised on square section slender tapering legs terminating in brown porcelain casters. 56 x 56
A good quality Edwardian period mahogany Sheraton Revival twin flap-top games table, with fitted drawer, sliding chess board and cribbage board, crossbanded borders, boxwood stringing, original green baize interior and four elegant tapering square section
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 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
A Georgian mahogany demilune flat-top crossbanded card table, the interior lined with green baize, central single drawer and two dummy side drawers, restrained boxwood stringing and four elegant tapering square section legs with original brass roller caste
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