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( Above Photo: Queen Anne Card Table Games Burr Walnut )
Antique French card tables come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Even though these furniture pieces were created over different periods, they serve the same purpose – playing tabletop games such as card games and board games. You may not use card tables for their original purpose, but having them in your home can greatly enhance the interior décor.
Knowing the different types of French card tables can help you select the best for your home. Besides, you can choose one from a design era you wish to replicate in your home. This article discusses antique French card tables from different eras to help you pick one that works for you.
( Above Photo: Victorian Card Table Walnut Games Tables 1860 )
1. Louis XVI Card Tables
Louis XVI card tables were created in the 18th century during the reign of King Louis XVI. They were mainly made from materials like satinwood, kingwood, veneer, and marquetry. In some cases, the tabletop was foldable. When unfolded, the tabletop rested on the base, providing a bigger surface to place all sorts of games.
Some antique French card tables from this era had inlaid marquetry on musical instruments, flowers, and scrolling foliage. The frieze also had inlays. On other tables, it was not uncommon to find gilded ormolu mounts and beautiful cabriole legs.
2. Neoclassical Card Tables
The neoclassical period lasted between 1810 and 1820. This type of antique French card table was for playing card and board games. Some of the tables had a chess board on the table top. Therefore, all you needed are the playing pieces. These tables were usually decorated with a green felt on the inside. Once you turn the top, you get a bigger playing surface.
( Above Photo: Antique Envelope Table Edwardian Games Inlay 1910 )
3. French Louis XV Card Tables
Antique French card tables made during the reign of Louis XV had a lightweight design with cabriole legs and square hoof feet. The final product had an elegant look that made it desirable to use in any room within the home.
Some tables had beaded edges flowing along a scalloped apron and down scrolled legs. Others were centered with musical instruments, swept foliate, and baize-lined surfaces. The frieze was often inlaid with foliate details on ebonized fluted. Tapering legs with in-peg feet.
The main materials for these tables were, walnut, oak, tapestry, and bronze. Even if you don’t play card games, having this table in your room can help significantly improve your interior décor.
4. Art Deco Card Tables
The Art Deco movement began in France in 1925, so, it’s not surprising that some card tables were made in that style. Art Deco card tables were mainly made from rosewood and mahogany. They also had canted edges, inlaid leather tops, and branded aprons. Often, each chair was made together with four chairs.
( Above Photo: French Empire Card Chess Table Demi Console Games Tables )
The Bottom Line
Antique card tables make it extremely easy for you to decorate your home’s interior. You do not have to use them for playing card or board games. Whether you buy a Louis XVI, Louis XV, neoclassical, or Art Deco table, you’ll get something that works for your space. Visit our showroom to check out some of the card tables on offer.
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