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A GERMAN CARVED IVORY BUST TYPE CHESS SET
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A GERMAN CARVED IVORY BUST TYPE CHESS SET

PROBABLY ERBACH, LATE 19TH EARLY 20TH CENTURY

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A GERMAN CARVED IVORY BUST TYPE CHESS SET
PROBABLY ERBACH, LATE 19TH EARLY 20TH CENTURY
The kings and queens carved with crowns, the bishops in feathered hats, the pawns as guardsmen modelled in helmets
The king -- 4 1/8 in. (10.5 cm.) high; the pawn -- 2½ in. (6.5 cm.) high
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Prospective purchasers are advised that several countries prohibit the importation of property containing materials from endangered species, including but not limited to coral, ivory and tortoiseshell. Accordingly, prospective purchasers should familiarize themselves with relevant customs regulations prior to bidding if they intend to import this lot into another country.

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A similar lot was sold in these Rooms, 'The Kaspar Stock Collection of Chess Sets', May 27th 2004, lot 98.
Erbach is one of the small towns, along with Michelstadt, in the Odenwäld region of Germany. A centre of ivory carving, establsihed by Count Franz I of Erbach-Erbach in 1775, who sponsored the revival of the craft and learnt himself in Vienna. By 1783 a guild was founded in Erbach and trade flourished in the 19th Century, particuarly renouned for its production of ivory jewellery from the 1860's. However, by the 1890's trade was diminishing, although a school for ivory carving was started in 1892 led by Christian Kehrer (1770-1869) and his son. Carson Ritchie Ivory, A History and Collectors Guide, Thames and Hudson, 1987, page 142-143
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