Bouilloutte (click here for pronunciation) is a card game that was wildly popular in France in the 18th century. It became such the rage a special table (and lamp) was created just for the game. These tables included a felt top (also known as a bouchon) which would be place in the inset area while the table was used for playing the game and then removed to revel the marble top so the table could also have an everyday use.
The table is in the Louis style (notice the legs), and I think it's a marvelous piece. I love the traditional french vibe but I also think it is wonderful mixed with more modern pieces (I even think the marble top allows it to blend nicely with midcentury modern pieces).
For a very detailed discussion of this beautiful table click here. Also, if you want to learn how to actually play the game, knock yourself out by clicking here! M.