Price guide to satinwood games boxes / compendiums. Games were a popular pastime for many centuries. Games boxes were often inlaid with various woods to enable them to be used for chess or draughts. They would often open up to display chess pieces or to hold counters.
A mid Victorian coromandel games compendium
the box of rectangular form, the rounded hinged lid opening to reveal a folding gilt tooled red and black Moroccan leather chess and backgammon board before a lift-out tray containing a gilt brass cribbage board above a part set of bone and ebony dominoes and a set of thirty natural and red stained counters, a further card tray beneath containing two Bezique markers and two red stained and two natural bone peg marker, and various bone dice, the under section with a six painted cast lead racing horse figures and two hedge/fence jumps, various stained bone gaming counters and pair of turned wood dice shakers,the front of the box opening to reveal a satinwood lined interior fitted a pegged red stained and natural bone thirty two piece chess set, the king: 6.5cm high, the pawn: 3.25cm high, the box, 19cm high, 33cm wide, 22cm deep. Sold for £ 1,125 inc. premium at Bonhams in 2016 A GERMAN WALNUT, SATINWOOD, EBONY AND MARQUETRY GAMES BOX
18TH CENTURY AND RESTORED
With a panelled front with chess board, the interior with backgammon board and a quantity of chess pieces with bone banding damages and twenty-nine German boxwood and fruitwood gaming-counters, 18th Century, each carved with portraits and figures with bands of script
20 in. (51 cm.) square; 6 in. (15 cm.) high. Sold for GBP 1,500 at Christies in 2014 Satinwood inlaid burl walnut and fitted game box. 11 1/4″ square. Sold for $250 at Langston Auction Gallery in 2017 A Rare French Inlaid Satinwood Fitted Gaming Box on Stand, mid to late 19th century, this lavishly outfitted gentlemans gaming box is adorned with ebony stringing and an inlaid ivory patera, opening to a fitted interior, the facade also with a drawer, both incorporating varied gaming items, including: boards, a chess and checker set, miniature billiard balls and sticks, varied colored ivory and composition denomination chips, playing cards for multiple games, markers and a mechanical racing game with a tole peinte track and horses with jockeys. Height overall 36 in. (91.4cm), Height of box 12 in. (30.5cm), Width 21 in. (53.3cm), Depth 13 1/2 in. (34.3cm). Sold for $8,500 at A.B. Levy’s Palm Beach in 2012 A VERY FINE COROMANDEL, IVORY AND SATINWOOD GAMES COMPENDIUM, GOTHIC REVIVAL, 19TH CENTURY. The curved top lid with gilt bronze agate cabochon mounted strap work with a quatrefoil medallion centering an enameled monogram, opening to reveal an elaborate cased multiple game set containing carved Medieval theme ivory and ebony chess pieces, cribbage board, game counters, checkers, dice and shaker cups within divided satinwood compartments. The lid fitted with an inlaid folding chess/backgammon board. Closed 12.75 inches x 9.75 inches x 7 inches (30 x 25 x 18 cm). Sold for $4,400 at Jackson’s Auction in 2011
Sold for £105.00 in the UK