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Large Canton Export Chess Set, circa 1820

  • Large Canton Export Chess Set, circa 1820
  • Large Canton Export Chess Set, circa 1820
  • Large Canton Export Chess Set, circa 1820

A Chinese Canton Export Ivory Figural Chess Set of Large Size, circa 1820

one side stained red, the other side left natural, the chessmen raised on puzzle-ball bases, kings as Emperors, queens as Consorts, bishops as Mandarins, knights as horsemen, rooks as elephants, pawns as footsoliders

White King: 26cm high

Pawn: 12.6cm high

Stock Reference: ALB 1702

Reference: Carl. L. Crossman, "The Decorative Arts of the China Trade", Antique Collector's Club, pages 294-296.

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.


A Note From Luke

Unusually large puzzle-ball set with the king coming in at just under ten and a half inches tall. These sets were made in the Hongs of Canton for export to Great Britain and the West. The Canton trade fell into decline from the mid 19th century onwards when the British established tea plantations in Ceylon and the Americans opened up further trade ports in China.

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