Geislingen Bone Chess Set, 18th century
A Figural Bone Chess Set, Geislingen, 18th Century
polychrome decorated, one side with red stained bases, the other side left natural, kings with crowns queens holding sceptres, bishops with ti-corn hats, knights as sea-horses, rooks as turrets with brickwork and finials, pawns with cogged knops
King: 8cm high
Pawn: 4.4cm high
Stock Reference: JA 1615
Provenance: Private British Chess Collection
A Note From Luke
The town of Geislingen (in Southern Germany) was noted for its ivory and bone carving. Geislingen sets typically feature sea-horses for the knights. Until relatively recently, it was thought that these sets came from Dieppe, in Northern France.
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