Russian Neoclassical Games Table, Late 18th Century-SOLD

  

Fruit-wood, tulipwood, rosewood combined in marquetry provide the dramatic tones in this exciting games table. The hinged quarter veneered top is inlaid with a central urn and bordered with a light wood undulating scroll. The hinged top opens to reveal a baize playing surface for cards with a colored berry and vine scrolling rim and contrasting recessed counter wells.
The rosewood apron is draped with husk swags and the legs are filled with a light wood field highlighted with bell-flowers.
H. 30″, w. 37.25″, d.18.75″. An exceptional offering at $4475.

 

Seldom found here, Russian furniture offers a special area for collectors. Early Russian pieces have original character and are colorful. Diversity of forms and materials is great, sometimes with intense, elaborate decoration.

To further pursue  an interest in Russian furniture, I will suggest that you acquire a copy of  Anthonie Cheneviere’s Russian Furniture, The Golden Age 1780-1840. Vendome Press, NYC.
 A similar example to our table is shown on page 41, item 24, listed as circa 1785.