French 'Pique-Sable' Set, circa 1900
A French Bone Jonchets Set (otherwise known as 'Pique-Sable'), circa 1900
the bone pieces making up a chess set, one side with polychrome decoration in red and green: king and queen with crowns, bishops wearing bi-corn hats, knights as arched horse's heads, rooks as flags, pawns as sticks, in attractive Chinoiserie lacquered pen box, with gilt decoration against a black ground
King: 13.5cm high
Pawn: approx. 8.4cm high
Box: 20cm wide, 5.6cm deep, 3cm high
Stock Reference: MJ 1892
A Note From Luke
This was once though- in romantic vein- to be an 18th century 'Pique-Sable' chess set, played either on sandy beaches, or on cushions whilst travelling in carriages. They are more likely to be French 'jonchet' sets, dating from the very late 19th century, although the style of carving is very similar to the work of Napoleonic Prisoners of War.
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