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In the centre of the backgammon board, small black and white diamond-shaped devices surround a circular black and white medallion. Carl L. Crossman suggests that this interior, with the formation of the central medallion, is similar to that of a gaming box billed by Chippendale to Ninian Home at Paxton House in England in 1774 and the interior of a China Trade gaming table of the late 18th Century. He also states that: ‘The sofa table form, with drop leaves on either side and with or without a movable top for gaming or a gaming drawer, is known in several China trade as well as Indian and Indonesian examples. An immensely practical form, which could also be used as a writing or work surface, a tea or small dining table, the sofa table…undoubtedly had great popularity in the colonies of the Far East’. (Carl L. Crossman, 'The Decorative Arts of the China Trade: Paintings, furnishings and exotic curiosities', Antique Collectors’ Club, 1991, p. 234.)
The games box which Crossman references is illustrated in Christopher Gilbert’s 'The Life and Work of Thomas Chippendale' (Studio Vista, Christie’s, London, 1978, plate 407). Gilbert notes that the games board is ‘reverse marked for chess’ and was ‘[s]upplied (but probably not made) by Thomas Chippendale to Paxton)’. He states that it is surely: ‘the product of a specialist workshop; one can thus assume that the partners purchased this games board wholesale and merely invoiced it to their customer at a profit’ (p.272). Anthony Coleridge also refers to this games box in his work 'Chippendale Furniture: The Work of Thomas Chippendale and his Contemporaries in the Rococo Style' (Faber and Faber, London, 1968), plate 363. Chippendale & Haig made furniture for Ninian Home of Paxton House, Berwick-on-Tweed, during the 1770s. Coleridge describes the games box: ‘An ebony and ivory games-box with mosaic inlay which was invoiced in the Paxton House accounts as ‘to a larger size ebony and ivory backgammon table with ivory men, boxes and dice compleat … £4. 16. 0.’’ (p.209).
Two similar tables are illustrated in Carl L. Crossman’s 'The Decorative Arts of the China Trade: Paintings, furnishings and exotic curiosities' (Antique Collectors’ Club, 1991), pp. 236-7.
|Height||72.00 cm||(28.35 inches)|
|Width||67.00 cm||(26.38 inches)|
|Depth||54.00 cm||(21.26 inches)|
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