Jacques Dubois, 1693-1763, received maître in 1742.
Such elegant games-tables exemplify the passion for games of all types in 18th Century France. It was the main indoor pastime of Louis XV's court and indeed the duc de Luynes, chronicler of daily life at Court, would actually record the rare days when the King did not play. The games featured here, played by members of the Court and the landed aristocracy, provide a fascinating insight into mid-18th Century French society. Being games of chance they bear a striking similarity to board games on the market today. However, their function was often more educational.
The livre-journal of the celebrated marchand-mercier Lazare Duvaux records numerous games-tables sold between 1748 and 1758, designed for particular games such as piquet, brelan, quadrille and trictrac.
A similar but more elaborate tric trac table decorated with floral marquetry and also stamped by Dubois was sold in Paris, 11 March, 1931, whilst an example of related form was sold anonymously in these Rooms, 23 June 1999, lot 44 (/P117,000).