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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Victorian walnut card table, with fold over swivel top, 93 cm wide, 73.5 cm high

George III mahogany demilune card table, with D shaped fold over top on square tapered boxwood legs, the whole with boxwood stringing, 92 cm wide, 75 cm high

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

Victorian burr walnut D-shaped fold over card table on cathedral pillar base

A late Regency swivel topped card table in rosewood, standing on a circular platform base with four claw feet. Height 74 cm, width 91 cm, depth 45 cm.

George III inlaid demi lune mahogany card table, on tapering legs. 94 cm wide, 74 cm high. Purchased Stanley Lipscombe Antiques, Sydney 1965.

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 beautiful c.1850 antique Colonial rosewood foldover card table, 70 x 90 x 90 cm

William IV rosewood card table, with fold over swivel top, 91.5 cm wide, 75 cm high

Antique Dutch card table, with inlaid fold over swivel top, 85 cm wide, 72 cm high

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 Louis XV style Boulle fold-over serpentine card table, mid 19th century with bold cast classical female mask mounts, 79 cm high, 88 cm wide, 46 cm deep

Victorian flame veneered mahogany fold-over card table on heavy baluster column and four scroll legs

Fine quality walnut and boxwood inlaid card table with baise interior

Fine quality walnut card table with boxwood and ebony inlays and stretcher base

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 French kingwood and floral marquetry decorated fold over card table on square tapering legs. 76 cm high, 70 cm wide, 44 cm deep. Key in office.

A fine Victorian figured walnut fold over card table on central column and four carved legs. 73 cm high, 92 cm wide, 46 cm deep.

A Continental rosewood fold over card table fitted with two drawers on reeded legs. 76 cm high, 49 cm wide, 29 cm deep. Key in office.

Sheraton period mahogany card table, with inlaid veneer, David C.D. Cooke Antiques transfer label attached, 98 cm wide, 76 cm high

A rosewood fold over card table, English, circa 1830, 73 cm high, 92 cm wide, 45 cm deep

A Victorian card table, of rectangular shape in burr walnut, standing on turned stretcher base with carved legs. Height 71 cm, width 87 cm depth 45.5 cm

An Edwardian Sheraton style mahogany envelope card table, English, early 20th century, 74 cm high, 61 cm wide, 61 cm deep. Exhibited: George Walker Ltd, Auckland, 24 March 1965

A late Victorian amboyna card table with hinged top enclosing a baize interior, on fluted ebonised columns with out-swept legs, 73 cm high, 92 cm long, 48 cm wide.

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 good George III period mahogany flap top card table, of plain design with crossbanded borders, boxwood stringing, tapering square section legs and original green baize interior. 90 x 45 x 73 cm

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 mid 19th century burr walnut & simulated rosewood fold over card table, 79 x 85 x 85

Edwardian envelope card table with cross banded top and painted decoration, on tapered square legs, 56 cm x 56 cm, 74 cm high approx

Edwardian inlaid envelope card table on square tapered legs, 55.5 cm x 55.5 cm, 70 cm high (closed)

A George II gateleg card table with one drawer. 73 cm high, 82 cm wide, 40 cm deep

A French marquetry fold over card table. 76 cm high, 71 cm wide, 44 cm deep

A Victorian walnut card table with carved frieze above carved circular column and concave base

An Edwardian mahogany envelope card table; Closed 74cm high, 56cm wide, 56cm deep

A fine quality George III carved mahogany card table, English circa 1,800, 74 cm high, 90 cm wide, 44 cm deep

A fine quality marquetry octagonal fold-over card table, Dutch, late 18th century, 79 cm high, 100 cm wide, 51 cm deep