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A LOUIS XVI ORMOLU-MOUNTED JAPANESE MOTHER-OF-PEARL INLAID JAPANESE BLACK AND GOLD LACQUER AND EBONY TRIC-TRAC TABLE
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A LOUIS XVI ORMOLU-MOUNTED JAPANESE MOTHER-OF-PEARL INLAID JAPANESE BLACK AND GOLD LACQUER AND EBONY TRIC-TRAC TABLE

THE LACQUER 17TH AND 18TH CENTURY, THE INTERIOR PLAYING-SURFACE LARGELY REVENEERED AND WITH LATER HINGED FLAPS

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A LOUIS XVI ORMOLU-MOUNTED JAPANESE MOTHER-OF-PEARL INLAID JAPANESE BLACK AND GOLD LACQUER AND EBONY TRIC-TRAC TABLE
The lacquer 17th and 18th Century, the interior playing-surface largely reveneered and with later hinged flaps
The ormolu-bound moulded rectangular removable top with inset gilt-embossed maroon leather writing-surface, with peach silk-velvet lining to the other side, opening to reveal a sunk well inlaid with a playing-surface in green-stained and unstained fruitwood, with unsual hinged twin-flap shelves to each end, the frieze decorated with elaborate rocky landscapes with temples, pagodas and trees, the tapering legs with cut-cornered panels headed by diminishing foliate clasps and decorated with stepped geometric panels of monoyama lacquer, on brass caps and castors
28½in. (72.5cm.) high; 35in. (89cm.) wide; 21¼in. (54cm.) deep
Provenance
The collection of Margaret V. Haggin, Parke Bernet, New York, 29 April 1966, lot 313.
Acquired from Aveline, Paris.
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Lot Essay

In reality used as occasional rather than gaming tables for the vast majority of the time, even in the 18th Century, tric-trac tables in lacquer are exceptionally rare. It is important to note, therefore, that in the hôtel of the duc de Luynes in 1793 are succinctly described:-
110 deux trictrac de laque à dessus de maroquin vert sur quatre pieds à gaines garnies de bronze doré.

An identical table, presumably the pair (as with the duc de Luynes tables), formerly in the collection of Consuelo Vanderbilt, later Mrs. Jacques Balsan, was given to the château de Versailles by Mr Robert and Mrs Marguerite Kahn-Sriber, 1964. Now in the comtesse de Barry's salon de Compagnie, it is illustrated and discussed in P. Arizzoli-Clémentel, Versailles Furniture of the Royal Palace 17th and 18th Century, Dijon, 2002, no.30, p.101.
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