At Canonbury Antiques we carry an extensive range of antique card and games tables.
The first card tables were designed in the Seventeenth Century as card playing first emerged as a fashionable pastime. However, their popularity really broke out in the Eighteenth Century. There was a slight dip in popularlity and production in the Regency era due to the ban on gambling, the UKs equivalent to Prohibition.
(Photo - Antique Victorian Walnut Card Table Games Marquetry )
Many of these card tables are on display in our Canonbury Antiques North London showroom just 25 minutes north of London in the Herts countryside. We have various styles and woods available including Regency, Queen Anne, George I, William IV and Victorian in both mahogany and walnut. Typically the top will open out to reveal the baize - normally green - playing surface. Typically the Queen Anne versions would have pad feet - whilst later models might sport a ball and claw foot. We also carry a number of French card tables which are typically of demi lune form and employ intricate marquetry inlay to all surfaces and legs. Early versions were veneered with walnut and tapered legs, tables sometimes had legs which swinged out and supported the table top. After approx 1720 the swing top leg was joined by a concertina flap action support.
Our range of antique card tables can also be used simply as beautiful tables in their own right, perhaps as a hall or console table with to display decorative pieces, you don't strictly need to play games on them. During the 18th century some tables were made with mutiliple leaves for different games incluing draughts, backgammon and chess and this provided an opportunity for cabinet makers to really test and show off their skills.
(Above photo - Swivel action to reveal storage space and playing surface on this card table)
We can ship these antique card tables to anywhere in the world so please get in touch for a shipping quote. We also offer discounts for interior designers, trade and for bulk purchases, due to the wide and eclectic nature of our stock designers like to use us for their projects. Aside from games and card tables, we also specialise in art deco, English dining furniture, continental antiques, bronzes, porcelain and anything interiors. We have been in business since the 1960s and are family owned and run.
Please enjoy some videos of card tables from the Canonbury Antiques YouTube channel:
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George Hepplewhite was an English furniture and cabinet maker who - alongside Thomas Sheraton and Thomas Chippendale - was considered one of the 'big three' English furniture makers
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