Mahogany Inlaid Games Table

.feet 4A ins. high. Top: 20 ins. • 22 ins. when closei] 1 ft. 8 ins. x | ft. 3 ins. when open. H Date about 1795.

noticeable in chairs than in furniture at this date. Fig. 322 is one of the tripod tables or stands intended for potpourri bowls. This example is of fine quality, the carving beautifully cut, and the wood of exceptional figure and texture.

Fig. 323 is an example of the small writing cabinets of this period, fitted with a pull-forward tambour—that is, a number of beads glued transversely on canvas. This system of the tambour front had a great advantage over the solid cylinder fall, requiring very little space behind the pigeon-holes, whereas the cylinder necessitated a semicircular arc which had to be allowed for in the depth of the piece. This bureau is veneered with sycamore and chestnut, left in the natural colour to imitate satinwood, and is inlaid with marqueterie of light-coloured woods. The oval handles are delicate with flat engraved back plates plated with silver. The turned feet, carved with the water-leaf decoration, are typical of Sheraton's early period.

Small writing tables of the type illustrated in Fig. 324

appear to have been made solely for the bedroom. In spite of the fact that Chippendale popularised to some extent the library table—the elaborate examples at Nostell and Harewood were probably of his conception, 011 which Robert Adam merely superimposed his ornamental details—these were pieces intended only for the large apartments of the very wealthy. Id an age of small rooms, and with the one devoted to many purposes, the eighteenth century was essentially the age of the bureau or the secretaire enclosed in a piece of furniture such as a bookcase of a " tallboy " chest of drawers. The notable features of Fig. 325 are the charming pattern of the reeded legs, the fine figure of the mahogany, and the internal sweep of the centre—an obvious concession to the hooped skirts of the period.

The " Pembroke " or hinged-flap table is essentially a pattern of the Sheraton period, differing from those of the Chippendale school in the fact that hinged brackets are provided for the support of the tops instead of the former pull-out leg hinged to the side framing. Three examples are given in Figs. 325, 326, and 327, which call for no especial mention. In Fig. 328, a " games " table, the same device is adopted, the hinged brackets being visible in the reproduction. The top is inlaid as a chessboard on the under side, and is made to slide in grooves and to be reversible when required. The top when removed discloses two compartments fitted for backgammon. This game is one of considerable antiquity in England, and was generally referred to as " the tables." Although now relegated to country vicarages and the homes of the smaller squirearchy, it was a fashionable amusement during the eighteenth century, and one at which considerable sums were won and lost by the " bucks " of the Georgian period and the days of the Regency.

Fig. 329 is one of the small oval " parlour " tables of this period, of satinwood banded with

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