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Indian “Polo Knight”, Rajasthan, circa 1900

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  • Indian “Polo Knight”, Rajasthan, circa 1900

An Unusual Indian Ivory “Polo Knight”, probably Rajasthan, circa 1900

the helmeted rider on a prancing horse, with reins, over a gadrooned circular base (traces of green stain remaining, some age-cracking)

Width: 5.2cm 

Height: 8cm 

Provenance: The Gareth Williams Chess Collection

Stock Reference: VW 1649

 

Important Notice on the Export of Antique Elephant Ivory (CITES)

Please note that as the chess set contains antique elephant ivory (dating from earlier than 1947) it will require a CITES export licence to export to destinations outside the European Union. Due to recent US legislation, it is with regret that we are unable to export this item to the United States of America. Please contact me if you need further information.

Condition

Traces of original green stain. Age cracking, surface dirt, rubbing and wear, drilled hole to the side of the b

A Note From Luke

Fascinating antique Indian figure, beautifully carved from elephant ivory and showing traces of the original green stain. May well have been a chess piece (one side of Indian chess sets were often stained with green vegetable dyes), or otherwise, a decorative ‘toy’ figure. The rider’s helmet is very similar to helmets worn for polo.

From the collection of Gareth Williams, a leading authority on the history of old chess piece

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Important notice on the export of antique elephant ivory (CITES)

Please note that as this figure contains elephant ivory dating from pre 1947 it will require a CITES export licence to export to destinations outside the European Union. Due to recent US legislation, it is with regret that we are unable to export this item to the United States of America. Please contact me if you need further information.

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