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“Washington Pattern” Chess Set, circa 1800

  • “Washington Pattern” Chess Set, circa 1800
  • “Washington Pattern” Chess Set, circa 1800
  • “Washington Pattern” Chess Set, circa 1800
  • “Washington Pattern” Chess Set, circa 1800

An English Ivory “Washington Pattern” Chess Set, circa 1800

one side stained red, the other side left natural, kings and queens with concentric rings around the centre sections, bishops as split mitres, knights as arched horses’ heads over ringed columns, rooks as raised turrets with battlements, pawns with baluster knops, ball finials and stepped bases, in a mahogany box with a sliding lid

King: 9cm high

Pawn: 4.6cm high

Box: 17.7cm high

Stock Reference Number: VS 1414

Literature: Gareth Williams, Masterpieces, Quintet Publishing, 2000, pp. 40-41.

The so-called “Washington Pattern”” chess set is named after a similar set held in the collection of George Washington’s house, Mount Vernon, Virginia, which can reasonably dated to around 1770. This version of the pattern is slightly later in date, and has the turrets raised on columns over the circular bases.


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