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Large “Burmese Export” Chess Set, 19th century

  • Large “Burmese Export” Chess Set, 19th century
  • Large “Burmese Export” Chess Set, 19th century
  • Large “Burmese Export” Chess Set, 19th century
  • Large “Burmese Export” Chess Set, 19th century

A Fine Canton or Macao Export “Burmese Pattern” Ivory Chess set of Large Size, Early/Mid 19th century

one side stained red, the other side left natural, the chessmen with elaborately carved and ornamental decoration, kings with carved human faces and surmounted with spire finials, flowers, birds and fleur-de-lys, queens similar, but of smaller size, bishops as mitres with cleric’s faces and surmounted with crosses, knights as horse’s heads, rooks as turrets with flags, the white rook bearing the Union Flag

King: 13.1cm high

Pawn: 6.5cm high

Stock Reference: MM 1501

Provenance: Major Private Collection

Exhibited: British Museum, 1993 (exhibition coincinding with the Kasparov-Short World Championship Match)


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


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