A GERMAN CAST-IRON 'REYNARD THE FOX' CHESS SET
A GERMAN CAST-IRON 'REYNARD THE FOX' CHESS SET

CAST BY THE ZIMMERMANN FOUNDRY, LATE 19TH CENTURY

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A GERMAN CAST-IRON 'REYNARD THE FOX' CHESS SET
CAST BY THE ZIMMERMANN FOUNDRY, LATE 19TH CENTURY
The kings and queens both stamped to the underside ZIMMERMANN VERLAG BEI EG. HANAU
The kings: 3 ½ in. (9 cm.) high
The pawns: 1 7/8 in. (4.5 cm.) high

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Lot Essay

These chess figures represent characters from Goethe’s fable ‘Reynard the Fox’, first published in 1793 and republished in 1846 with illustrations by Wilhelm von Kaulbach (1805-1874). The set was cast by the iron foundry E.G. Zimmermann, who were established in 1839, Hanau, Germany and produced a wider variety of decorative objects in iron and zinc.

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