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This gaming table is a beautiful piece of furniture in the empire style dating from around 1810.
Around it the players talked about Napoleon's conquests of Europe. All the card games that have been in vogue for over two centuries have been played on its green cloth.
It is a clever piece of furniture, closed it looks like an elegant console and opened it reveals a square game table with the second part of the top supported by the hidden drawer.
The First French Empire is a period marked by the reign of Napoleon Bonaparte from 1804 to 1815.
The craftsmen were invited to create majestic works to symbolise imperial power. For this purpose, they took up Egyptian or Greco-Roman motifs and adapted them to furniture.
To these are added imperial and warlike motifs. These include the crown, the imperial eagle, the bee, the star, the spear...
Mahogany, walnut, maple, elm and ash are representative woods of this style.