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Early "Calvert" Chess Set, circa 1800

  • Early "Calvert" Chess Set, circa 1800
  • Early "Calvert" Chess Set, circa 1800
  • Early "Calvert" Chess Set, circa 1800
  • Early "Calvert" Chess Set, circa 1800

An Early Ivory "Calvert' Chess Set, circa 1800

one side stained red, the other side left natural, kings surmounted with urns, queens with large ball finials, bishops with open mitres, knights as carved horse's heads with flowing manes and open mouths, rooks as turrets, pawns with ball finials, (rook finials and red queen finial period replacements). Now scarce.

King: 9.1cm high

Pawn: 4.3cm high

Stock Reference: JC 1865

Provenance: J. Grahame Ballin, jeweller and works of art, Beauchamp Place, London, 1940s. The set is sold with Mr Ballin's visiting card, inscribed: 'Set of Ivory Chessmen, carved by Hastilow, 1804, George III' in blue ink.


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

Please note that as the chess set contains antique elephant ivory dating from before 3 March 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

Red Side:

Very slight rubbing in places, finials on rooks and queen period replacements, otherwise 'Very Good'.

White Side:

Nice shiny patina. Slightly age yellowed. Hairline age cracks to rooks, very minor hairline age cracks to kings, rooks finials period replacements. Otherwise 'Very Good'.

A Note From Luke

Scarce 'Calvert' style ivory set dating from the end of the 18th/early 19th century. Although this set is unsigned, it is typical of the work of John Calvert of 189, Fleet Street (1791- 1826), with finely carved knights, which have flowing manes, flared nostrils and open mouths. Despite the period additions (to the red rooks and red queen finials) it's a rather distinguished set. Recommended.

The set was originally acquired by the owner's grandfather from J. Grahame Ballin, a jeweller in Beauchamp Place, London, during the 1940s. With the set came Mrs Ballin's visiting card, with 'Set of Ivory Chessmen carved by Hastilow...1804...George III' written in ink.

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

Please note that as this chess set contain elephant ivory dating from pre March 3rd 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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