Offered by: Susan Silver Antiques
755 North Main Street (Rt. 7) Sheffield, MA 01257 , United States Call Seller 413.229.8169

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Antique Mahogany Bagatelle Game Box Coffee Table

$ 3,200
  • Description
    19th Century mahogany folding and portable bagatelle board game box mounted as a coffee table, the hinged lid opens to reveal the original green baize gaming surface inset with nine numbered cups flanked by twenty-eight peg holder panels inlaid with boxwood and ebony for keeping score. The game board sits in a mahogany custom made stand. It can be removed to sit on a higher table for playing. It does not include balls or cues.

    The origins of the game are a bit murky. From the name, it is French. But the English were playing a similar game called shovel-board at the same time. Historically, Louis XIV (1636-1715) gave one of his granddaughters a piece of land near Paris to build a house. The house was later rebuilt and became known as Chateau de Bagatelle in which there was a game room. Late in 1777, a party was given at this chateau in honor of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette and a highlight of the party was a new game with a long board, cues and balls. It became extremely popular throughout France and thus became known as “bagatelle" in honor of the chateau.
  • More Information
    Origin: England
    Period: 19th Century
    Materials: Mahogany, Boxwood, Ebony
    Condition: Good. Wear consistent with age and use.
    Creation Date: Circa 1880
    Styles / Movements: Traditional, Victorian
    Dealer Reference #: RAS8
    Incollect Reference #: 544046
  • Dimensions
    W. 48.75 in; H. 19.25 in; D. 26 in;
    W. 123.83 cm; H. 48.9 cm; D. 66.04 cm;
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