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The Magic of Old Games
January 27, 2011   
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The National Museum in Wrocław is holding an exhibition of traditional game boxes and game tables, chess pieces and old playing cards entitled Furniture Game Parlor.

The oldest items on display are checkers pieces from the 16th century, adorned with images of contemporary European kings, while the newest item is an arcade game from the 1980s.

In the 17th century, the most popular game sets were manufactured as boxes with game accessories stored inside. When unfolded, they formed boards for chess, checkers, Nine Men’s Morris and Trick-Track. The most interesting box shown at the exhibition is decorated with intarsia images of fruits. In the 18th century, boxes were replaced by game tables whose drawers served as flip-out boards and were used to keep accessories. Furniture used for games always matched current furniture styles. One of the most beautiful tables on display in Wrocław, decorated with floral patterns, was made in the Netherlands in the mid-18th century. Visitors to the exhibition can also see several Art Deco-style tables.

National Museum in Wrocław, 5 Powstańców Warszawy Sq.
www.mnwr.art.pl; Open through June 30
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