A 16th century North Italian ebony, ivory and stained bone gaming board
the corners with geometric medallions, with a bands of chequered strung decoration flanking the games board, the reverse with a pair of panels inscribed AVT PATERE and AVT ABSTINE (Place your bets or abstain), 58cm wide when unfolded,
- This gaming board is ebonised rather than ebony.
Please note the related literature should read
W. Seipel, Spielwelten der Kunst, Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, 1998, Pages 99-101, cat. No. 24 and 25.