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Émile Gallé Fruitwood Marquetry Games Table


This French Art Nouveau games table by Emile Gallé, featuring inlaid fruitwood marquetry depicting a charming arrangement of thistles and card suit symbols in exquisitely-rendered marquetry. Opening to reveal a field of green felt for gaming, the table's apron has a series of carved card suit symbols on all four sides.


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Item #: F-911
Artist: Emile Gallé
Circa: 1895
Dimensions: 29.5" height, 31.75" width, 17.5" depth
Materials: Fruitwood
Signed: "Gallé a Nancy”
Literature: Similar table pictured in Gallé Furniture, by Alastair Duncan and Georges de Bartha, Woodbridge, Suffolk: Antique Collectors' Club, 2012, p. 130, plate 1

An interesting feature of this charming table is the pair of sinuous lines that playfully connect the four legs of the table together. Considering the nature of the table, the legs may be seen as an elegant architectural feature, or as a lovely reminder that the four elements of the table, like the four players that would sit at the table, are connected in an important manner.