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Games table
PNA INV 3916
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

It is an interesting and fine piece of Chinese furniture. All the upper part is a box of games. The lid has a double decoration: one side is a scene in a palace garden, with pavilions and people. The central scene is framed by flowers and allegorical motifs of Chinese symbolism. The reverse side is a board for playing chess in squares of gold and black, raised by a small lever. The interior has a painted board for backgammon.

History of the Object
This is not a rare piece; on the contrary, it is a typical example of the 19th century Chinese furnishing with European influence, so called "China Trade" - ceramics, furnishing and other objects made in China for the European and American markets.

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Type
Decorative Art 
Materials
Lacquered wood in black and gold 
Measurements
Width 64 cm. Height 74 cm. Length 58 cm.  
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
China 
Geography
China 
Time period
AD 19th century ~ AD 19th century 
Creation date
19th Century; First half 
Function
To play chess and backgammon 
Acquisition
Part of the Portuguese Royal House Collections. The Royal Family lived in the Palace until 1910 when the monarchy fell. The Palace with its collections was turned into a museum in 1968. 
Copyright
The images shall not be published or reproduced without written permission of the Institute of Museums and Conservation/Ajuda National Palace 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Ajuda National Palace 
Museum
Ajuda National Palace 
Credit line
Institute of Museums and Conservation / Ajuda National Palace 

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