A Chinese Export padouk games table (after an English sofa table)
Circa 1800, China
Height: 59 cm, 23.3 inches - Length (extended) : 122 cm, 48 inches
高59釐米 - 展開長122釐米
The rounded, rectangular twin flap top, with a reeded edge, has a central reversible sliding panel – one side being in the form of a chess board with inlaid ebony and bone squares. This panel opens to reveal a similarly inlaid backgammon board – above a drawer with ivory handles. The table has trestle end supports, with splayed legs, brass caps and castors.
The Decorative Arts of The China Trade, 1991, Carl L. Crossman – colour plate 89 illustrates a very similar table in the Richard Milhender Collection.