London, South Kensington
20 September 2000
A Mexican turned bone chess set
One side natural, the opposing stained red, the kings with tulip-shaped finials, the queens with ball knop finials, both on concentrically turned barrel stem with incised circular banding, the pawns of baluster form
King -- 3.18in. (8cm.); pawn -- 1½in. (3.5cm.) high
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Victor Keats, The Illustrated Guide to World Chess Sets, Batsford Ltd 1985, page 223, ill. 269. References are made to similar chess sets made in Mexico which were influenced by the old Spanish pulpit design.
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