Antique Card Tables & Games Tables
An antique games table, antique card table or chess table is a highly versatile and useful item that has been bought enthusiastically by collectors for decades. Not only useful for the games that can be played (chess, backgammon, cards are the more common), these are also useful as a wine or lamp table. Games tables can be found not only in expensive cuts of mahogany and walnut, but also of exotic timbers such as rosewood, amboyna, goncales alves, kingwood, satin wood. Just as rare, some tables from even the top London makers such as Gillows were made of oak. Interestingly, antique card and games tables are usually metamorphic in some way, whether changing from a wood surface to a baize (a tea table to a card table), or from chess to back gammon, these tables work in a wonderful variety of different ways and some even have the ability to offer several different games with very extravagant metamorphic mechanisms.
Early 18th Century George I Period Walnut Antique Card Table
Early 18th century George I period walnut antique games table standing on cabriole legs with pad feet. This table is photographed here as it came in to us and will look even better when it has been waxed. The mechanism is unusual and works very well. It has a concertina or scissors action which is very stable indeed. The walnut is a lovely colour and it has a good grain pattern on the sold sections and quarter cut burr veneer with feather banding on the top. This is a really elegant table dating from the pre-mahogany era and this sort of early walnut is bright, tactile and warm.
English circa 1720 £3800
01 19 03
77.5cm / 30½" wide
39cm / 15¼" deep min
77.5cm / 30½" deep max
71cm / 28" or 73cm / 28¾" high
19th century antique card table
This antique card table is a fine example from the beginning of the 19th century. It is made of mahogany, is cross banded around the top, has gadrooned decoration all around and ebonised inlay to the frieze. The base is a slender column which terminates with an elegant four splay base. The base is sturdy while leaving plenty of room for players legs. The top spins round 90 degrees and unfolds to reveal a storage space under the baize playing surface.
English or Irish circa 1825 £850
18" or 36" deep
28½" or 29½" high
Regency Mahogany Antique Card Table
Very fine Regency mahogany antique card table standing on very elegant four splay base with wonderful thin sections and with extensive brass inlay to the top, edge, pedestal and legs
English circa 1815 £2800
08 11 11
18" deep closed
36" x 36" wide open