Middle Eastern Damascus Inlaid Card Chess Backgammon Game Table
1950s vintage Middle Eastern Syrian Damascus Inlaid Card, Chess, Backgammon, Games Table.
This profusely inlaid Syrian Damascus style games table dates from circa 1950, and has multiple geometric and asymmetric inlays of various fruitwoods and shell.
An exquisite work of functional art, featuring very fine quality Islamic craftsmanship, exceptionally executed, the handcrafted Moorish table having a rectangular hinged lid flip-top profusely inlaid with intricate micro-mosaic geometric and asymmetric marquetry panels of various exotics including brilliant mother of pearl and precious woods.
The swivel top rotates to reveal an open interior storage compartment for game pieces, backgammon surface fitted with removable hinged lid box that opens to similarly inlaid interior with checkers board surface with reversible baize green felt cards table surface.
Includes scarce large 1.5" crisloid bakelite backgammon checkers dice set as well as a hand carved wooden chess set.
This can be removed to reveal the stunning inset backgammon table below.
It is a wonderful example of Syrian furniture and is a fabulous Moorish decorative piece when not in use.
The table is exquisitely crafted in hardwood and features wonderful inlaid decoration comprising of various fruitwoods.
Condition: good vintage condition - please see photos for confirmation.
Dimensions closed: Height 32.5 x Width 34 x Depth 16 in.
Dimensions of board open in inches: Height 32.5 x Width 32.75 x Depth 32in.
Middle Eastern, Lebanon, Syria, Egypt and its people are known for many things, but chief among those perhaps is their culture’s long history of art and craftsmanship, particularly with regard to wood furniture in marquetry.
These functional pieces of art are often inlaid with mother of pearl, carved and hand painted designs and motifs, or sometimes a combination of other woods, known as mosaic wood.