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'Lyon Pattern' Chess Set, 19th century

  • 'Lyon Pattern' Chess Set, 19th century
  • 'Lyon Pattern' Chess Set, 19th century
  • 'Lyon Pattern' Chess Set, 19th century
  • 'Lyon Pattern' Chess Set, 19th century

A French 'Lyon Pattern' Fruitwood and Bone-Mounted Chess Set, 19th Century

one side in a darker-coloured wood, the chessmen with bone mounts, kings and queens with pierced crowns, bishops with baluster knops and ball finials, knights with horses' heads in bones, rooks as tapered turrets with bone 'hats', pawns with baluster knops, in an oblong rosewood and mother o' pearl compartmented box with a hinged lid.

King: 8.3cm high

Pawn: 4.4cm high

Box: 33.8cm long, 13.3cm wide, 7.5cm high.

Stock Reference: MJ 2052



Lighter Fruitwood Side:

Lean to king and bishops. Piece of bone missing on rook base mount, a few natural flaws to the wood, nicely polished surface patina.

Black Side:

Lean to King, one bishop and a pawn. Tiny chip to top of one rook bone mount. A few minor hairline cracks and scuffs.

Rosewood Box:

Good. Includes a fitted compartmented lift-out interior. Mother o' pearl inlay missing to the front.

Happy to provide further photographs on request.


A Note From Luke

A classic French pattern, in use from the late 18th and 19th centuries. Unlike their British counterparts, the French craftsmen did not season their wood before use. Which explains why Lyon sets almost invariably come with some degree of warping or leaning. An attractive, antique chess set.

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