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 coffee table with tiled chess board on top, 44 x 109 x 71 cm. Provenance: the collection of the late Dr Thomas James Valentine

An Aged chess table on turned column, the top seperate from the base, with later lacquered finish applied- solid base, 68 x 51 x 45 cm

A dropside chess table, includes chess pieces in drawer, supported on turned column base, 49 x 67 x 52 cm

A Magnetic chess set with table-top miniature table board. Provenance: the collection of the late Dr Thomas James Valentine

A rosewood games table on quatrefoil base, English, 19th century, 72 cm high, 92 cm wide, 46 cm deep

A French rosewood and marquetry trestle-based foldover games table, late 19th century, with a quarter veneer panelled top and ear form corners decorated with profuse vegetal and fantastic bird inlay, a tooled baize interior and raised on tapering fluted le

An excellent burr walnut chess table over an oak Birdcage base, c.1880, 63 x 92 x 51 cm

Antique walnut sewing and games table, of trumpet form on tripod base, lined interior, 44 cm wide, 73 cm high

A mid Victorian satinwood games table, pen decoration, the hinged top revealing games compartments, on shaped column. 73 cm high, 61 cm wide, 61 cm deep.

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 Damascus games table, 19th century, inlaid timber with bone and mother of pearl, 84 cm high, 90 cm wide, 45 cm deep

A mahogany and satinwood inlaid games table, English, mid 19th century, 75 cm high, 89 cm wide, 44.5 cm deep

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

A Victorian burr walnut and ebon banded demi-lune fold over games table. 74 cm high, 100 cm wide, 44 cm deep.

A French Renaissance style ornately carved fold over games table with tooled leather top. 75 cm high, 91 cm wide, 46 cm deep.

A French walnut and cross banded fold over games table on turned fluted legs. 74 cm high, 92 cm wide, 61 cm deep.

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

A games top wine table, huon pine, musk, blackwood, and cedar, Tasmanian origin, circa 1840, 72 cm high, 52 cm across

A satinwood inlaid rosewood circular games table, English, 19th century 71 cm high, 68 cm diameter

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 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