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Antique Danish Bone Chess Set, circa 1800

  • Danish Antique Chess Set
  • Danish Antique Chess Set
  • Danish Antique Chess Set
  • Antique Bone Chess Set

A Bone Chess Set, Denmark, circa 1800

one side stained black (with highlights left natural), the other side natural, kings with multiple knops and reeded finials, queen similar but of smaller size, bishops with baluster knops, knights as large horse's heads over baluster knopped columns, rooks as turrets with tapering spires and finials in alternate colour, in a lidded box with key

King: 7.1cm high

Pawn: 4.5cm high

Box: 17cm wide, 14.7cm deep, 6cm high

Provenance: Private British Chess Collection; Bonhams, "Fine Chess Sets and Games including the Martine Jeannin Collection", 29th April, 2009, Lot 179

Stock Reference: HR 1805


White Side:

Black highlighted horse's heads on the knights possibly re-stained? Hairline age crack on base of king, a few bases possibly period replacements, chip to pawn.

Black Side:

Rubbing to base of black rook, otherwise good.


Good. Age crack and a few scuff marks. With key.


A Note From Luke

Unusual Danish bone chess set from the late 18th/early 19th century. From a private British chess collection, previously in the collection of Martine Jeannin, the Parisian antique dealer (Bonhams, Fine Chess Sets and Games including the Martine Jeannin Collection, 29th April, 2009).

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