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“Burmese” Chess Set & Board, circa 1810

  • “Burmese” Chess Set & Board, circa 1810
  • “Burmese” Chess Set & Board, circa 1810
  • “Burmese” Chess Set & Board, circa 1810
  • “Burmese” Chess Set & Board, circa 1810

A Magnificent “Burmese Export” Ivory Chess Set, of Large Size, with a Lacquered Board for Chess & Backgammon, Canton, circa 1810

one side stained red, the other side left natural, the chessmen with ornate carving and gadrooned circular bases, kings with monarch’s faces and fleur de lys, queens similar but of smaller size, bishops with mitres bearing carved faces, knights with horses’ heads, rooks as turrets, the rooks bearing the Union Flag (polychrome) in a specially commissioned presentation case (Late 20th Century) in brown leatherette with a ‘lift-out’ tray in mushroom velour, together with a Canton Export black lacquered and gilt decorated games board, circa 1810, the exterior for chess, the interior for backgammon, decorated with flowers and scenes from Chinese Life  (2) 

King: 14cm high

Pawn: 6.6cm high

Presentation Case: 56.5cm wide

Board: 56.5cm wide

Provenance: Major Private Chess Collection

Reference: Carl L. Crossman: The Decorative Arts of the China Trade, Antique Collectors Club, 1991

Stock Reference: NLA 1727


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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