London, South Kensington
2 May 2007
A FRENCH CARVED IVORY FIGURAL CHESS SET
LATE 19TH CENTURY
Depicting the Hundred Years War between the French and English, the green stained side representing the English, the kings and queens crowned, the king holding an orb and shield, the bishops with hunch-backs, the knights as horses' heads, the rooks as turrets, the pawns as archers and soldiers armed with spears
The king -- 5¼in. (13.3cm.) high; the pawn -- 3 3/8in. (8.6cm.) high
The Williams Collection, Phillips, London, 13 May 1996, lot 110.
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Michael Mark, Chessmen Practical and Ornamental, Asprey 1986, figure 18, illustrated.
The British Museum, 1993.
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