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Charlemagne Chess Set, Swiss, 19th century

  • Charlemagne Chess Set, Swiss, 19th century
  • Charlemagne Chess Set, Swiss, 19th century
  • Charlemagne Chess Set, Swiss, 19th century
  • Charlemagne Chess Set, Swiss, 19th century

A “Charlemagne” Pearwood Chess Set, Switzerland, 19th Century

finely carved and raised on socle bases, one side in a darker coloured wood, kings wearing crowns and holding upturned swords, queens in Medieval dress holding sceptres, bishops with tasselled caps and holding spears, knights as rearing horses, rooks as pierced Medieval turrets, pawns individually carved and in different positions with ti-corn hats and holding staffs

King: 12cm high

Pawn: 8.1cm high

Provenance: Major British  Chess Collection

Reference: VIctor Keats, Chessmen for Collectors, page 80; Michael Mark, “Chessmen, Practical and Ornamental”, Asprey & Chess Collectors International, May 12- 24, 1986, figure 25.

Stock Reference: MM 1522



Lighter Side:

Staff missing from one pawn, chips to King crown, chips to Queen crown.

Darker Side:

Staffs missing from three Pawns, chip to hoof of Knight, chip to Queen crown, chip to King Crown, leg missing from Knight.

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