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“Jan Žižka” Chess Set, Czech, 20th Century

  • “Jan Žižka” Chess Set, Czech, 20th Century
  • “Jan Žižka” Chess Set, Czech, 20th Century
  • “Jan Žižka” Chess Set, Czech, 20th Century
  • “Jan Žižka” Chess Set, Czech, 20th Century

A Carved Wooden Figural “Jan Žižka Chess Set of Large Size, Czech, Early/Mid 20th Century

one side stained black, the other side in varnished chestnut brown, kings as Medieval monarchs with beard and sceptre, queens with crowns and tresses, bishops as huntsmen with hat and gun, knights as horses’ heads, rooks as turrets, pawns as Medieval helmeted footsoliders, rooks carved with initials ‘J Z’ and motto: ‘NE DE JME SE’ (“Never Surrender”) 

King: 20.2cm high

Pawn: 13cm high

Provenance: Private European Collection

Stock Reference: ALB 1655

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