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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An English Sheraton mahogany rectangular card table on square tapered legs, 74 cm high, 83 cm wide, 41 cm deep

A late Victorian walnut and marquetry inlaid card table, 74 cm high, 91 cm wide, 46 cm deep (closed)

A Mid Victorian figured walnut and marquetry decorated fold over card table, 71 cm high, 99 cm wide, 49 cm deep

Rare pair of fine antique Regency brass inlaid fold over card tables (2)

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 Victorian walnut demi-lune fold over card table, birdcage base, 70 cm high, 92 cm wide, 46 cm deep

A Regency mahogany fold-over card table, 73 cm high, 91.5 cm wide, 45 cm deep

A Victorian carved rosewood fold-over card table, with birdcage base, 74.5 cm high, 97 cm wide, 49 cm deep

19th century mahogany fold over card table on Lapet carved pedestal & Quadraform base

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

Louis XVI style mahogany and parquetry card table, with string and floral inlaid decoration and gilt-metal mounts, height 75 cm width 83 cm depth 42 cm. Provenance: Private Collection, double Bay, NSW

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

Mahogany pedestal card table, with fold over swivel top supported by a turned carved column on platform base with brass castors, 86 cm wide, 80 cm high

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

Victorian fold over burr wood and walnut card table, height 73 cm width 86 cm depth 50 cm

A marquetry inlaid burr walnut fold over card table, English, 19th century, 76 cm high, 95 cm wide, 46 cm deep

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 burr walnut Victorian card table of serpentine outline, the hinged top enclosing a baize interior, on carved end supports, 73 cm high, 97.5 cm wide, 45 cm deep

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