This game of solitaire is reputed to have been invented by a nobleman confined in the Bastille prison during the early years of the French Revolution. The game is played with 36 marbles. The object is to "jump" marbles until only one remains, ideally in the center of the game board. An ideal cocktail table conversation piece, the game is simple to play but very challenging to master. French finished game board on a small pedestal. Approximately 10" in diameter and 2.5" tall. Includes 38 semi-precious marbles.