An unusually robust form, this games table was adjusted at some point during the 20th century to include a full backgammon playing surface underneath the removable tray top. This top can be flipped from the gorgeous polished mahogany plank to show a later green baize surface, resting firmly with the raised angle corners locking tightly to the frame.
The conversion of the interior to a gaming surface was completed with utmost attention to details and using fine quality materials, resulting in a tooled top-grain leather with alternating white and black triangles over an olive-green ground. A single slide can be withdrawn from the side of the table, the top beautifully scooped and sculpted out of the mahogany primary wood.
The apron is an imaginative mixture of bombe horizontal curvature, giving body and breadth to the structure, while also having an undulating skirt that flows around the underside of the table. A single board drawer withdraws easily from the body, this beautifully hand dovetailed with oak secondary woods, the facade of which conforms with the scallop of the apron and curve of the body.
Resting over cabriole legs terminating in simple pad feet, the ankles have small rectangular patches where stretchers used to lock the legs firmly together.
An interesting form that glows beautifully with a rich polished patina throughout, this is a fantastic centerpiece for the classical sitting room.
Measurements: 29 3/4" H x 35 1/2" W x 22 1/4" D
Condition Report: Converted into a games table, perhaps from a tea table during the 20th century; tooled leather gaming surface and the mahogany plank it rests on are additions. Legs had stretchers at one point, since removed and plugged inside the lower cabriole. Cracks in the veneers to the sides of the carcass with associated patching; other mahogany patches and repairs; minor scuffs and scratches throughout as expected. No key. Replaced brasses. Sturdy, strong and a fine presentation.
Queen Anne Period Mahogany Backgammon Games Table | Continental, 18th Century