“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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