Antique French Mahogany Games Roulette Table 19th Century
Antique French Mahogany Games Roulette Table 19th Century
Antique French Mahogany Games Roulette Table 19th Century
Antique French Mahogany Games Roulette Table 19th Century
Antique French Mahogany Games Roulette Table 19th Century
Antique French Mahogany Games Roulette Table 19th Century

Antique French Mahogany Games Roulette Table 19th Century

19th century France

Offered by Regent Antiques

£4,450 gbp
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This is a fabulous high quality antique French mahogany, parquetry decorated and ormolu mounted games table,stamped Essgdg Paris, Circa 1860 in date.

With hinged lid enclosing a green baize roulette / games board with a sliding drawer that is fitted with a roulette wheel, and it is raised on fluting tapering legs.

The hinged top opens to reveal a fabulous gaming interior for playing cards and roulette.

It is an elegant piece which will enhance a special room in your home.

In excellent condition having been beautifully cleaned and polished in our workshops, the baize for the card table and the Roulette is original and also in excellent condition, please see photos for confirmation.

Dimensions in cm:
Height 76 x Width 92 x Depth 52 - Closed
Height 76 x Width 141 x Depth 93 - Open

Dimensions in inches:
Height 29.9 x Width 36.2 x Depth 20.5 - Closed
Height 29.9 x Width 55.5 x Depth 36.6 - Open

Roulette is a casino game named after the French word meaning little wheel. In the game, players may choose to place bets on either a single number or a range of numbers, the colors red or black, or whether the number is odd or even.

The game has been played in its present form since as early as 1796 in Paris. An early description of the roulette game in its current form is found in a French novel La Roulette, ou le Jour by Jaques Lablee, which describes a roulette wheel in the Palais Royal in Paris in 1796. The description included the house pockets, "There are exactly two slots reserved for the bank, whence it derives its sole mathematical advantage." It then goes on to describe the layout with, "...two betting spaces containing the bank's two numbers, zero and double zero". The book was published in 1801. An even earlier reference to a game of this name was published in regulations for New France (Québec) in 1758, which banned the games of "dice, hoca, faro, and roulette".

The roulette wheels used in the casinos of Paris in the late 1790s had red for the single zero and black for the double zero. To avoid confusion, the color green was selected for the zeros in roulette wheels starting in the 1800s.

Parquetry - is a geometric mosaic of wood pieces used for decorative effect. The two main uses of parquetry are as veneer patterns on furniture and block patterns for flooring. Parquetry patterns are entirely geometrical and angular—squares, triangles, lozenges.

The word derives from the Old French parchet , literally meaning "a small enclosed space". Large diagonal squares known as parquet de Versailles were introduced in 1684 as parquet de menuiserie to replace the marble flooring that required constant washing, which tended to rot the joists beneath the floors.

Such parquets en lozange were noted by the Swedish architect Daniel Cronström at Versailles and at the Grand Trianon in 1693. Timber contrasting in color and grain, such as oak, walnut, cherry, lime, pine, maple etc. are sometimes employed; and in the more expensive kinds the richly coloured mahogany and sometimes other tropical hardwoods are also used.

Ormolu - (from French 'or moulu', signifying ground or pounded gold) is an 18th-century English term for applying finely ground, high-carat gold in a mercury amalgam to an object of bronze.The mercury is driven off in a kiln leaving behind a gold-coloured veneer known as 'gilt bronze'.

The manufacture of true ormolu employs a process known as mercury-gilding or fire-gilding, in which a solution of nitrate of mercury is applied to a piece of copper, brass, or bronze, followed by the application of an amalgam of gold and mercury. The item was then exposed to extreme heat until the mercury burned off and the gold remained, adhered to the metal object.

After around 1830 because legislation had outlawed the use of mercury other techniques were used instead. Electroplating is the most common modern technique. Ormolu techniques are essentially the same as those used on silver, to produce silver-gilt..

Our reference: 09214
Height 76.00 cm (29.92 inches)
Width 141.00 cm (55.51 inches)
Depth 93.00 cm (36.61 inches)
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