London, South Kensington
2 May 2007
A SOUTH GERMAN CARVED LIME WOOD FIGURAL CHESS SET
SECOND HALF 19TH CENTURY
The kings possibly representing Charlemagne, the bishops wearing pointed caps, the knights as rearing horses, rooks as pierced spires, the pawns as countrymen wearing tri-corn hats, stained and one side ebonised
The king -- 4 3/8in. (11.2cm.) high; the pawn -- 3¼in. (8.3cm.) high
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These carved sets are ornamental rather than for play. For similar mid-19th Century examples see Michael Mark, Chessmen Practical and Ornamental, Asprey and CCI, May 1986, fig. 25, and Phillips, London, 26 May 1992, lot 77.
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