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    Sale 5198

    Furniture, Carpets & Decorative Objects

    30 October 2007, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 825

    A FRENCH CARVED BONE BUST TYPE CHESS SET

    DIEPPE, LATE 18TH EARLY 19TH CENTURY

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    A FRENCH CARVED BONE BUST TYPE CHESS SET
    DIEPPE, LATE 18TH EARLY 19TH CENTURY
    Depicting the French versus the Moors, the kings and queens holding sceptres, the bishops wearing bi-corn hats, the knights as cavalry men wearing the Revolutionary cap and fingers pointing downwards, the Moorish pawns with drop-earrings, the rooks as imbricated turrets, the French pawns as gentlemen officers
    The king -- 3¼in. (8.2cm.) high; the pawn -- 2¼in. (5.7cm.) high


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    For similar sets see; The Allen Hofrichter Collection of Chess Sets, Christie's, South Kensington, 20 September 2000, lot 123.
    Bloomsbury Auctions, London, 25 October 2005, lot 230, in which the knights are also depicted wearing Revolutionary caps, with the fingers pointing downwards.
    The battles between the French and their colonial possessions were among the popular themes used by the French Dieppe ivory carvers during the late 18th century and 19th century. The Chevalier de Boufflers, the Governor of Senegal from 1785 to 1788, is portrayed as the pawn. See Chess: East and West, Past and Present, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1968, fig. 64.

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