Antique Chess Tables: Best Decorating Ideas and Pictures

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Chess has been a very popular game since ancient times and this game admirably combines art, sport and science. Chess is played by millions of people worldwide, both amateurs and professionals. Owing to its noble royal origins, people always have tried to make the process of the game more elegant and subtle creating different design of chess pieces, boards and tables.

A Table in Interior

Today, it is not difficult to find different types of antique chess tables depending on the needs of a chess players and his or her preferences in the way of house interior. There are shops and markets that specialize on antique pieces of furniture, as well as chess tables. There one can find an elegant small chess table made of fine woods, that will perfectly match the room in classical style, or a nice marble or granite table that are able to become a central object of a garden or a winter garden.

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How Can an Antique Table Look Like and How to Choose a Right Table?

As a rule, antique chess table represents a real piece of art that serves not just for a game of chess, but also as a splendid interior feature. Classical variant of antique chess table is a table made of fine wood that stands on one leg in form of a column on three supporting legs. There are variants with four or three legs also. A leg of a table can be straight or carved with different beautiful patterns. Sometimes antique chess tables have a drawer or a secret bottom for storage of chess pieces and the chess board.

Advice: when you buy an antique chess table with a round top pay attention to its size (radius). It should be convenient to lay your and your opponent’s elbows on it. Also, there should be a place for chess watch, glasses and other things, if necessary.

As a rule, antique chess table (wooden or stone) goes together with another pieces of furniture like chairs. A table and chairs represent an integrity of design composition.

The top of a wooden antique chess table is varnished with a permanent chess board made of different wood species of different colors. Also, a chess board can be painted with colored lacquer right on the top, sometimes a board is a fine piece of pokerwork. There are tables, that have folding top with a secret bottom.

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Recommendation: selecting an antique chess table in a specialized store pay a close attention to a soundness of lacquer coating and the integrity of wooden structures. If a table is folding, look at its mechanism.

Concerning marble chess tables of antique origin, one should bear in mind, that tables made of white granite is suitable only for indoor usage.

Be careful! Marble, unlike granite, considered to be a very delicate stone for careful usage. It is not advisable to use as a surface that will be exposed to intense impact.

Nevertheless, if you are trying to find an antique chess table for your garden or patio, take notice of tables made of gray or colored marble as these types of stone are more durable and are less exposed to external weather conditions. One should remember, though, that the best variant for outdoor is granite chess table that also could be find in antique store.

Warning: if you live in areas with harsh climate (heavy rains, frost, a lot of snow) it would be a good idea to protect your outdoor marble chess table with cover canvas during cold and wet months.

Antique chess table is a piece of art that is able to decorate any classical interior of a room or a garden. The range of prices on such tables can be most diverse and depends on its age, condition, material and set of pieces of furniture.

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