Luxury Design, Past & Present
Gaming table Vienna marquetry precious wood mother of pearl brass circa 1900
Viennese furnishing around 1900 is well known for names like "J & J Kohn" or "Thonet", who supplied the whole world with their creations and defined the modern style. However, at the turn of the century there were many smaller companies and cabinetmakers in Vienna, who made outstanding furniture for an exquisite audience. Vienna was the city with the highest density of carpenters in Europe back then and the great competition required an uncompromising quality both in design and execution. The Viennese furniture makers combined craftsmanship with the new forms of Jugendstil and created pieces that can be considered real works of art.
Our gambling table is a distinctive example of superior Viennese craftsmanship around 1900. The harmonious interplay of forms reveals a first-class design. A round base with brass mounting merges into a twelve-sided leg, decorated with ebonized wood marquetry. The folding tabletop has a geometric pattern on the upper side, which is obtained by inlays of various local and exotic woods. The highlight of the decoration are the stylized mother-of-pearl roses, a popular motif of the time, complemented by detailed-crafted thorns. When unfolded the table offers enough space for four players on a smooth surface, covered with soft, light-colored leather. The variety of luxurious materials used for this table, in combination with the perfect craftsmanship, represent the Zeitgeist of the Fin de Siècle.