Antique Anglo-Indian Chess Set, circa 1830
An Anglo-Indian Export carved ivory chess set, Vizagapatam, circa 1830
one side stained nut brown, the other side left natural, kings and queens with foliate crowns, bishops with pierced mitres, knights as horses’ heads, rooks as turrets with brickwork, pawns with baluster knops and surmounted with gadrooned urns, the king 10.5cm high, the pawn 5.5cm high.
Stock Reference: VW 1538
Provenance: Gareth Wiliams Chess Collection.
Important Notice on the export of antique elephant ivory (CITES)
Please note that as the chess set contains antique elephant ivory 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.
Scoring marks to the underside of the bases, a few minor hairline age cracks, slight variation in carving to the rooks (flags presumably missing), slight variation in height of pawns.
Chip to battlement, chip to finial of one bishop, slight lean to king, variation in height of pawns.
A Note From Luke
Rather original antique Indian Export chess set from the Gareth Williams Chess Collection, a good example of a carved ivory set from Vizagapatam, East India.
Vizagapatam was known for its exquisitely carved work (often in elephant ivory and sandalwood), and made for export to Europe and especially the British Isles. This trade was at its height in the first quarter of the nineteenth century.
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Please note that as this chess set contains elephant ivory dating from pre 3 March 1947 it will require a CITES export licence to export to destinations outside the European Union. Due to recent legislation, it is with regret that we are unable to export this item to the United States. Please contact me if you need further information.