German Selenus Bone Chess Set, 18th century
A German “Selenus Pattern” Bone & Horn Chess Set, late 18th century
kings with triple steeped galleries, queens with two galleries, bishops with feathered caps, knights as arched horses’ heads, rooks as turrets with brickwork surmounted with crosses, pawns with baluster knops
King: 9.4cm high
Pawn: 4.4cm high
Stock Reference: FL 1603
Provenance: Major European Chess Collection
Illustrated with an 18th century board for chess and backgammon, from the same collection, but which is being sold separately. Please view it here.
Excellent. Some very minor scuffs and imperfections as to be expected. Horn side has a nice surface patina. Lovely set. Recommended.
A Note From Luke
An elegant Selenus set from the last years of the 18th century. The Selenus Pattern was popular in Germany and Central Europe from the late 18th century to the mid 19th century and was especially popular during the Beidermeier period. Works especially well with the late 18th century German games box, as illustrated.
Both come from an important German chess collection.
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