Card and Writing Table (Table à quadrille brisé)

Unknownabout 1725

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum
Los Angeles, United States

Card playing was a daily ritual among members of the French aristocracy and court in the 1700s, and large sums of money were won and lost at the gaming table. Supported by a fifth leg, the top of this table folds back to reveal a velvet covered surface that could be used for playing cards; the corner reserves and recessed channel around the edge of the table held betting markers. A writing slide complete with a drawer on either side could be slid out from under the body of the table. For the right-handed user, the right drawer contains an inkwell and sandpot. When not in use, the tabletop would remain folded and stored neatly against the wall.

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  • Title: Card and Writing Table (Table à quadrille brisé)
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date: about 1725
  • Location Created: Paris, France
  • Physical Dimensions: 74 x 101.3 x 101.6 cm (29 1/8 x 39 7/8 x 40 in.)
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Oak and fir veneered with bloodwood, kingwood and wamara; mahogany; drawers of walnut and oak; gilt-bronze mounts; silvered-bronze fittings; iron fittings; modern silk velvet
  • Source Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
  • Object Type: Furniture
  • Object Status: Permanent Collection
  • Number: 75.DA.2
  • Display Location: Currently on view at: Getty Center, Museum South Pavilion, Gallery S104
  • Department: Sculpture & Decorative Arts
  • Culture: French
  • Classification: Decorative Arts