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    Sale 5922

    Christie's Interiors - Style & Spirit

    24 February 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 635

    A GERMAN TURNED BONE AND CARVED IVORY 'SELENUS' TYPE CHESS SET

    SECOND HALF 19TH CENTURY

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    Estimate

    A GERMAN TURNED BONE AND CARVED IVORY 'SELENUS' TYPE CHESS SET
    SECOND HALF 19TH CENTURY
    The kings and queens with pierced galleries and contrasting finials
    The king -- 4½ in. (11.5 cm.) high; the pawn -- 1¾ in. (4.5 cm.) high


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    The term "Selenus" has been used after a design illustrated in Gustavus Selenus' Das Schach oder Kvnig-Spiel, Leipzig 1616. The form was prevalent throughout Germany and Austria in the 19th century. The pieces are generally turned and carved typically from bone in several sections, then threaded together, polished to simulate ivory, and one side stained in either red, black or brown.

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    Provenance

    Christie's, South Kensington, 2 May 2007, lot 33.