NAPOLEON III EBONIZED BRONZE & BISQUE MOUNTED GAMES TABLE
Likely French, circa 1860-80; underside stamped S8001 & S8301
Item # C103201
A remarkable games table from the middle of the 19th century, it is a rich and impeccably crafted piece with inordinately fine surface decoration. The black lacquer is old and beautifully patinated, a stark contrast against the milky bone acanthus inlay that frames out the top. The corners of the apron and each leg is inset with blue-and-white bisque plaques.
The top spins on a bolt (exposed on the underside with a finished hole for convenient access) to allow the piece to transform from a console into a full game playing surface. A hollow beneath the table top is intended for the storage of gaming parts, the top flipping on original hinges to reveal a clean (recent) green baize surface surrounded by gilt-tooled leather. The elegance of the columns is noteworthy, perfectly balancing the table by lending substance to the solid column with the addition of the flanking turned balusters. All legs are sabre form and terminate over cast brass castors.
For the collector who appreciates inordinately careful craftsmanship and richness of material, this is a noteworthy table.
Measurements: 38 5/8” W x 22” D (at bottom) x 29 1/4” H; when rotated and opened 41” W x 38 5/8” D
Minor cracks and losses to the bone inlay, scuffs and dings to the ebony painted top; other cracks and age appropriate wear to the surface, this remaining in overall excellent condition throughout. Replaced green baize card playing surface. Original hardware and mounts throughout. Bisque plaques dirty.