A fine early 19th century Regency period top games table in rosewood, attributed to William Trotter of Edinburgh, 

Scottish, circa 1815. 

The D-shaped hinged swivelling top, opening to a green baize-lined playing surface, above a reeded frieze, on incurved supports on a rectangular base centered by a patera, the whole raised on four sabre legs, ending in original ornate English oak-leaf moulded gilt brass caps and casters. 

The distinctive design and construction of this table are indicative of the work of Scottish cabinet-maker William Trotter. A pair of 'eliptic card tables' in rosewood with similarly reeded friezes was supplied by Trotter for Paxton House, Berwickshire in 1814 (F. Bamford, 'A Dictionary of Edinburgh Furniture Makers 1600-1840', Furniture History, 1983, pl. 61), while a rosewood display stand, also for Paxton, exhibits a similar profile with its four incurved supports beneath an elliptical top (pl. 58). 

One of William Trotter's (1772-1833) most significant commissions was for Paxton House, an 18th Century Robert Adam country house near Berwick-upon-Tweed. He also had a career outside of cabinet making, becoming a member of the Edinburgh Merchant Company and master of the Company in 1819 later becoming Lord Provost of the City of Edinburgh. 

For a pair of virtually identical tables see Christie's New York, 7 April 2006, lot 337 ($18,000)

Regency Rosewood Card Table, attributed to William Trotter

£2,950Price
  • Height:    29.75 in / 75.56 cm
    Width:    38.00 in / 96.52 cm
    Depth:    19.00 in  / 48.26 cm

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