Luke Honey | Decorative Antiques, Chess, Backgammon & Games


March 20, 2019

Two rather good antique chessmen from Rajasthan, typically carved from ivory and then painted and gilded. Likely to be a King and Queen. The larger chessman has two prices riding in the howdah, (with a mahout driver in front) and the second chessman is similar but of smaller size. The gadrooned rectangular bases and style of the pieces suggests a late 18th century date- slightly earlier than the standard "Rajasthan" sets dating from the early to mid 19th century,