Goldberg Coins and Collectibles



Sale 2


Lot 410

Antique Ivory Chess Set From China. Exquisite Ivory Chess Set, possibly made at the turn-of-the-century, though more likely an artful replica, with intricately hand-carved ivory pieces, 4" to 8" high, ornamented with highly detailed scrimshaw. This set may have been ment for display in the "curiosity cabinets" fashionable in the 18th and 19th centuries, and as such would be highly collectible. The set is notable for its unarmed figures; these chessmen are less warlike than most Chinese sets, which typically depict conflict between Chinese and Mongols or Caucasians. The set is also remarkable for the diversity of its pawns, each of which represents an independent character. Half the pieces in this Ivory set are a natural White; the other half are stained an earthen brown. The figures are ensconced in a padded, satin-lined wood case, which folds out to form a playing board. A stunning set. Some scratches on wood case, otherwise fine. Ivory pieces in Mint Condition.
Estimated Value $2,000-UP.

 
Realized $2,185



Go to lot:  


Home | Current Sale | Calendar of Events | Bidding | Consign | About Us | Contact | Archives | Log In

US Coins & Currency | World & Ancient Coins | Manuscripts & Collectibles | Bonded CA Auctioneers No. 3S9543300
11400 W. Olympic Blvd, Suite 800, Los Angeles CA 90064 | 310. 551.2646 ph | 310.551.2626 fx | 800.978.2646 toll free

© 2011 Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, All Rights Reserved
info@goldbergcoins.com