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The top has the most wonderful hand cut floral marquetry decoration. The base has been hand carved from solid walnut. It has three carved cabriole legs each with it's original porcelain castor. The foliate carving on the base have been beautifully done. The table top is secured to the base with a catch, which can be released so that the top can be stood on end. This can be useful if you need the space for a party.
It has been beautifully restored
Dimensions in cm:
Height 72 x Width 133 x Depth 133
Dimensions in inches:
Height 28.3 x Width 52.4 x Depth 52.4
Burr Walnut refers to the swirling figure present in nearly all walnut when cut and polished, and especially in the wood taken from the base of the tree where it joins the roots. However the true burr is a rare growth on the tree where hundreds of tiny branches have started to grow. Burr walnut produces some of the most complex and beautiful figuring you can find.
Loo table is a table model from the 18th and 19th centuries, originally designed for the card game loo, which was also known as lanterloo.
The typical loo table has an oval or round top, and a hinged mechanism fitted to a pedestal base, enabling the table to be easily stored when not in use. Sometimes, antique dealers call any table with a folding mechanism for a "loo table", even if the table top is square or rectangular.
A loo-table stands in the hall at Midnight Place in the children's fiction book Midnight is a Place by Joan Aiken.
Game loo, formerly lanterloo - gambling card game often mentioned in English literature. The name derives from the French lanturlu, the refrain of a popular 17th-century song. Popularity of the game faded in the 20th century.
The players may number from five to about nine, each playing for himself. A standard 52-card deck is used. In the simplest form of the game, three cards are dealt to each player, and the next card is exposed to establish a trump suit. The player to the left of the dealer leads, and one-third of the poolgoes to the winner of each trick. The pool is formed by antes before each deal and may be increased by payments for loo (failure to win a trick) and fines for irregularities.
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