Circa 1790 France
A Late 18th Century Louis XVI Period Tric Trac Games Table
Height 28 inches (71 cm)
Width 45 1/2 inches (116
Depth 22 1/2 inches (57 cm)
A Louis XVI period, mahogany ebony and ivory inlaid ‘Tric Trac’ games table. The removable tooled leather top, opens to reveal ebony inlaid backgammon surface flanked by alternate drawers. The table is raised on elegant square tapering legs terminating in brass sabots. The table retains its original Ivory and ebony backgammon pieces, leather shakers, and unusually the silver candle sconces.
An image of Marie-Antoinette’s games room, the ‘Salon de la Paix’ at Versailles showing no fewer than four Tric Trac tables. Games tables were highly fashionable at Versailles and the queen organised gambling evenings several times a week losing huge amounts of money. She had to ask for the king’s financial support which he usually offered happily, despite the royal ban on gaming! The Salon de la Paix was was located on the first floor of the chateau next to the queens bedchamber.