London, South Kensington
2 May 2007
A FRENCH CARVED IVORY BUST TYPE CHESS SET
DIEPPE, 19TH CENTURY
The one side modelled as European monarchs versus the Africans, the bishops modelled in wide brimmed hats and turbans, the knights as horses' heads, the rooks as turrets, the pawns as soldiers, on baluster vase bases, one side stained red
The king -- 3 3/8in. (8.5cm.) high; the pawn -- 2¼in. (5.7cm.) high
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A similar set with the king depicted wearing a laurel crown is illustrated in Hans und Barbara Holländer, Schach Partie Durch Zeiten und Welten, Hamburg, Exhibition Catalogue, 2005, fig 120, carved in Dieppe, late 18th Century.
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