Card table

German, Bamberg

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 533

According to the Bamberg city archives, Nicolaus Bauer (active 1758–1771) made gaming tables for Seehof Castle, the summer residence of the bishops of Würzburg and Bamberg, during the 1750s and 60s. This example, coming from Seehof, can be included in his output. The folding top exhibits marquetry motifs typical of German workshops, while carved asymmetrical shellwork elements adorn the knees.

Card table, Carved walnut frame; pine top with marquetry of walnut, figured walnut, boxwood, alder burl, birch, olive wood, plum, padauk wood, yew, green-stained poplar, and other marquetry woods; lined with modern velvet; iron fittings, German, Bamberg

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