A rare demi-lune early 18th century green ground lacquer card table with folding top with molded edges, on six pillar turned and faceted tapered legs, with gate leg action, joined by serpentine stretcher on bun feet. With painted and raised chinoiserie decoration of red, black and gold. Games tables, as an independent type of furniture, appear in the second half of the 17th century, though few have survived. Normal rectangular folding tables on pillars were used in the 1690’s but had several uses besides gaming. Rapidly, we see the card table to emerge as a distinctive piece of furniture and the half round shape emerges as a true innovation, ideal for conviviality, and extremely stylish. This example is an early example of the half round shape with typical pillar legs, and it would have been an extremely fashionable item in its period with its attractive chinoserie decoration. Visit MalletAntiques.com for more information.