French late 18th century Louis XVI mahogany and gilt bronze bouillotte table
A mahogany bouillotte table, the mottled grey marble top with pierced gallery engraved with a Vitruvian scroll above two frieze drawers and two candle slides, with a beaded gilt bronze surround, on fluted tapering legs with brass sabots. The flutings of the legs are decorated with carved gilt wood pearl bands. The table is of a straight, nearly modern outline and has a very comfortable height, so that it can be wonderfully added either to a classical or a modern setting.
Bouillotte was a card game (similar to today’s poker) that was wildly popular in France in the 18th century. Both a table and a lamp were specifically designed for the game. The raised galleries helped keep the dice and playing pieces on the table.
Condition: Very good, wear consistent with age and use, min. fading, one candle slide with scratches on the green cover leather – detailed condition report on request