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 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
Regency mahogany card table, with fold-over top above a turned support on a small circular base, raised on four down-swept legs with brass terminals. Height 75.5 cm. Width 91.5 cm. Depth 45.5 cm. Provenance: The Collection of Peggy Moore, NSW
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 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 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
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