Exquisite C. 1730 Card Table

Exquisite, Master Piece, WOW! Just a few of the words that pop into one’s head the first time this gaming table is seen. Made out of Walnut, this table was originally made somewhere between 1720-1735.

 
The top features two beautiful flame walnut, bookend matched, veneers surrounded in banding. Next, the center of the apron bulges with a walnut accent that is reminiscent of late William and Mary style. Subsequently, the legs are masterfully carved with a “C” scroll and bell flower. The carvings are rich and flowing. Look closely, the carved “anklet” with scroll accent is unlike anything we have ever seen. It is carved, not applied, and really is delicate. Notice, how it dips on the back side of the leg. This is great craftsmanship. The raised pad foot is nice too. The finish is original and has been, painstakingly, waxed by us.

However, the best part of the table is not seen until it is opened. The interior features the original, yes original, petit point play surface! We are not kidding. This piece of textile is almost 300 years old! Sure, it has some minor wear but look at the condition! The center of the piece features a single driver, riding a one horse drawn carriage. Items like this just don’t come on the open market anymore (except in museums)! One can only imagine what this piece has seen and the loving care that has been shown it.

A side note, the construction is most unusual. The rear dovetailed joints are angled towards the center of the back. This is extremely difficult to do and really shows the skill level of the cabinetmaker who made the piece. Furthermore, the tops of the double, rear, gatelegs have a raised notched. It is our belief that this was done in order to save wear and tear on the top from the legs moving while the top is down. It is an ingenious idea that we have never seen replicated.

We cannot emphasize enough that the pictures do not do this piece justice (especially those of the top when it is closed). With all of the curves, it was extremely challenging to get the pictures shown here.

Where was this piece made? Good question. More than likely, we believe Scotland, probably Edenborough. However, we cannot rule out other urban centers like London or Dublin. All in all, this piece is a crown jewel of any collection.

35 3/4″ wide
19 1/2″ deep
30″ tall when closed

Circa 1720-1735

$3,450

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