London, South Kensington
2 May 2007
A FRENCH CARVED IVORY BUST CHESS SET
DIEPPE, 19TH CENTURY
The kings and queens modelled as Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, the bishops wearing caps holding pipes, the knights as cavalry men, the rooks as turrets, the pawns as gentlemen with coiffured hair, one side stained green, in a mahogany veneered box
The king -- 3 5/8in. (9.2cm.) high; the pawn -- 2 1/8in. (5.3cm.) high
Sotheby's, Collection du Baron de Redé, Hôtel Lambert, Paris, 16 and 17 March, 2005, lot 62.
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A similar set is illustrated in Hans und Barbara Holländer, Schach Partie Durch Zeiten und Welten, Hamburg, Exhibition Catalogue, 2005, fig 121., depicts the French versus the Senegalese, late 18th Century.
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