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Card Table

ca. 1905 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Card tables of the 18th and 19th centuries were normally designed like side tables, with a fold-out top, lined with baize (a felt-like fabric) on the inside. They were usually placed against walls and were carried into the room when needed.

This model, however, is an updated version. Designed in the geometric style of about 1900, it is free-standing and square, and the baize-lined gaming interior is revealed by four fold-out four triangular sections.

Gaming pieces could have been kept in the capacious drawer beneath the top.


object details
Category
Object Type
Parts
This object consists of 2 parts.

  • Card Table
  • Card Table
Materials and Techniques
Ebonised oak, with green baize top, the feet covered in copper sheet
Brief Description
Card table
Physical Description
Card table of ebonised oak, the square base joined by four legs, below a canted drawer which widens at the top; above this is a square top with four triangular fold-out wings that rest on the table top when not in use.

The feet are capped in copper and the table has a copper handle and metal hinges.
Dimensions
  • Height: 78cm
  • Closed width: 64cm
  • Open width: 90.5cm
Style
Historical context
Although Jacob and Josef Kohn produced similar tables, and the use of ebonised oak and the copper cladding for the feet were characteristic of furniutre made in Vienna, the style travelled rapidly and widely. The attribution of this table to Vienna, unsupported by any specific documentation, must therefore remain tentative.
Summary
Card tables of the 18th and 19th centuries were normally designed like side tables, with a fold-out top, lined with baize (a felt-like fabric) on the inside. They were usually placed against walls and were carried into the room when needed.



This model, however, is an updated version. Designed in the geometric style of about 1900, it is free-standing and square, and the baize-lined gaming interior is revealed by four fold-out four triangular sections.



Gaming pieces could have been kept in the capacious drawer beneath the top.
Bibliographic References
  • Jervis, Simon: Furniture Of About 1900 From Austria & Hungary In The Victoria & Albert Museum, London: Victoria & Albert Museum, 1986, no.32 p. 76/77
  • Kohn, J. & J. : Katalog , Vienna, 1916 (reprinted Munich, 1980), p. 80. No. 970
Collection
Accession Number
W.16:1, 2-1971

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record createdOctober 6, 2003
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