Antique French Burr Walnut Games Roulette Table 19th Century

Antique French Burr Walnut Games Roulette Table 19th Century


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This is a fine antique French burr walnut and marquetry games table, stamped Roulette Francaise, Marque Deposee, Circa 1860 in date.

The lift up lid is decorated with foliate and floral marquetry, the reverse features an ebonised and satinwood chess and checkers board.

The green baize card table has a roulette board on the reverse and lifts up to reveal a roulette wheel with three lidded storage boxes, containing chess, draughts, backgammon and dominoes sets as well as a cup with dice. The boxes and roulette wheel lift out to reveal a backgammon board.

The games table is on raised on fluting tapering legs with brass casters.

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,backgammon and the Roulette is original and is all in excellent condition, please see photos for confirmation.

Dimensions in cm:

Height 76 x Width 92 x Depth 51

Height 76 x Width 92 x Depth 72 - Open

Dimensions in inches:

Height 2 feet, 6 inches x Width 3 feet, 0 inches x Depth 1 foot, 8 inches

Height 2 feet, 6 inches x Width 3 feet, 0 inches x Depth 2 feet, 4 inches - Ope

oulette 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 colours 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.


W92.0 x H76.0 x D51.0 cm



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