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C1760 Louis XV Walnut Cabaret Games Table


This charming square table with four drawers is typical of the fabric topped games tables made in France in the mid-18th century. It is called a cabaret table, and this one is about 1760. The cabriole legs are well sculpted and terminate in a pied a biche foot, or hoof. It has, as usual, mortise, tenon and pegged construction. The walnut is a good golden colour. A continuous border molding emphasises the edges of the table. It stands 67 cm tall and the top is 65 cm square: almost a cube, not surprising for the mathematically obsessed Augustan age. Americans tend to protect the fabric surface with glass, which is probably wise if one wants to use the table for food and beverages.

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