Antique Leuchars Cartonpierre Chess Board
A Cartonpierre Chess Board by Leuchars of Piccadilly, 19th Century
cloth hinge, the exterior with papier-mache mounts in the Gothic style over red leather, the interior with alternate chess squares in red and cream with gilt highlights, green borders with Gothic decoration in gilt, signed LEUCHARS...PICCADILLY in Gothic font (some wear)
Width (when closed): 27cm
Width (when open flat): 52cm
Stock Reference: SK 1713
Some wear: cracks to the paper-mache, scuffs and marks to the red leather. Rubbing along edges and wear to corners. Surface dirt on leather interior with further marks. Cloth hinge intact.
A Note From Luke
A desirable antique chess board, albeit with some wear. James Leuchar established the business at 47, Piccadilly in 1794, and the business moved to 38 Piccadilly shortly before James Leuchars died in 1823. As with similar business in Fleet Street (Lund and Clavert), Leuchars specialised in luxury goods for the carriage trade: in 1837 the firm was awared the royal warrant for supplying dressing cases to the royal family.
The “Cartonpierre” style is very much influenced by the fashionable Gothic taste of the mid to late 19th century, and can also be found on the similar Cartonpierre papier-mache boxes supplied by Jaques of London.
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