London, South Kensington
2 May 2007
A BURMESE LACQUERED WOOD CHESS SET
POSSIBLY LATE 18TH CENTURY
The royal pieces shown down on one knee and each holding two swords, the bishops as elephants, the black bishops with mahouts, the knights equestrian, the rooks as temples, the pawns as warriors shown down on one knee, some wearing hats, each of the pieces applied with paper lables to the bases, some inscribed and dated ON LOAN FROM Lt Col. Maissey, Feb 13 1866, the sides painted in red and black hues
The king -- 4¼in. (10.8cm.) high; the pawn -- 3in. (7.5cm.) high
Christie's, South Kensington, London, 1 October 1997, lot 761.
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