1840 ca. Yew Games Table, English.
This Games table form circa 1840 has a rotating top veneered in burr yew which opens to reveal an oval baize playing surface with a burr yew surround.
A pull-out frieze drawer has playing surfaces for backgammon and chess.
The table features lotus leaf carved end supports joined by a lotus leaf carved stretcher and stands on swept legs of acanthus carved to the knee and finishing in lion paw feet.
Quality craftsmanship suggests that this table was specially commissioned.
The table is veneered in figured burr yew and unusually the drawer lining is also burr yew.
Yew is a timber native to the British Isles and its use may well have had patriotic overtones.
The ends have an anthemion at the junction of the legs and with the crisp acanthus carving suggests that this table was made by one of the leading cabinet-makers of the early 19th Century, such as Gillow of Lancaster and London.