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 magnificent 19th century inlaid marquetry foldover card table, single hinged rear leg to support open top, condition: in overall very good condition, floral inlays in tact, 72 x 78 x 39.5 cm (Closed)
A Regency brass inlaid rosewood fold over card table, first quarter 19th century, with a rounded rectangular top, opening to a green baize interior, the top and body inlaid with brass foliate panels, above tapering stem and a pedestal with four scroll supp
Pair of William IV rosewood card tables, c. 1830, the rounded rectangular hinged tops opening to a red baize playing surface, raised on a column with acanthus leaf decoration, quatrefoil base with lion paw feet (2), height 92 cm depth 45 cm width 74 cm
George IV rosewood card table, the fold over top enclosing a red lined playing surface above a scrolled frieze, on columnar pedestal and quatreform base with acanthus scrolled feet, height 74 cm width 91 cm depth 45 cm
An outstanding Louis XV style French kingwood card table, with a parquetry top, satinwood banding, the frieze with ormolu swags and conforming parquetry decoration on cabriole legs terminating in ormolu sabots, 74 cm high, 90.5 cm wide, 45m 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
A Victorian ebonised burr walnut drop leaf tea & card table, late 19th century, with label of A&N Aux, C.S.L. (the army & Navy Auxiliary Co-operative Supply Ltd) underside, the small square table with four shaped and rounded drop leaves and ori
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
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