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A GERMAN AMBER CHESS SET
A GERMAN AMBER CHESS SET

18TH CENTURY

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A GERMAN AMBER CHESS SET
18TH CENTURY
With opposing transparent and opaque sides, the kings and queens with crowns
The king -- 3 in. (7.6 cm.) high; the pawn -- 1½ in. (3.7 cm.) high
Provenance
Sotheby's, New York, 4 October 1979, lot 525.
Dr Ernst Boehlen Collection.
Exhibited
Schach, Museum Bellerive Zürich, 15 September - 14 November 1982, p.36, fig. 25.
Dresdner Bank, 1988-1991, fig. 23.
Sale Room Notice
An examination by the Gem & Pearl Laboratory has revealed ivory elements to five pieces of this chess set and six pieces with plastic and elements. It should therefore be marked with an Endangered Symbol in the catalogue and is subject to CITES restrictions. Please contact the department prior to bidding for more information.

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Lot Essay

Amber has long been prized for it's transulcent beauty, and in earlier times for its magical qualities, favoured in 16th and 17th Century Germany. For a similar set see Chessmen, A.E.J. Mackett-Beeson, Littlehampton Book Services Ltd, 1973, p.43, fig.53.

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