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    Sale 2775

    European Furniture, Clocks, Sculpture and Works of Art

    19 - 20 December 2007, Amsterdam

  • Lot 217

    TWO GERMAN TURNED AND CARVED BONE 'SELENUS' TYPE CHESS SETS

    19TH CENTURY, POSSIBLY NUREMBERG

    Price Realised  

    TWO GERMAN TURNED AND CARVED BONE 'SELENUS' TYPE CHESS SETS
    19TH CENTURY, POSSIBLY NUREMBERG
    The kings and queens with pierced galleries
    Red and white set - The king -- 10.8 cm. high; the pawn -- 4 cm. high
    Brown and white set - The king -- 12.8 cm. high; the pawn -- 5 cm. high (64)


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    The term "Selenus" has been used after a design illustrated in Gustavus Selenus' Das Schach oder König-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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