Despite its uncertain origins, chess is one of the oldest and most played games in human history, dating back some 1500 years. The strategy game - as it is known today - features various members of the monarchy and military: king, queen, bishop, knight, rook and pawn. Two players take turns to move their pieces on a chequered board, aiming to eradicate their opponent's different pieces. Various rules apply to how the six types of pieces can be moved. During the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, many chess boards and sets were crafted from expensive materials, such as ivory. Today, these antique chess sets are highly sought after on the collectors' market by chess enthusiasts; as well as this, fine antique chess boards have also become a popular decorative item in the home. The regulations surrounding the ivory trade means that it is important to check that a chess set made from ivory is dated within the legal period.
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The Lewis Chessmen - King by Brian Nash Painting 36.0 x 36.0 :: The Lewis chessman are a group of chess pieces hand carved from walrus ivory. They were carved in the 12th century and are house in the British Museum. Despite how old they are I think they look like modern South Park characters and they amuse me. This painting is acrylic and oil on gallery-profile canvas wired and ready to hang. :: Type: Painting Medium: Acrylic Style: Pop-Art Subject: Sports & Recreation Tags:
An Indian Export Ivory Chess Set, circa 1830 one side stained red, the other side left natural, kings with pierced tops and foliate spray finials, queens with pierced crowns and lotus bud finials, bishops with mitres, knights as horses' heads, rooks as slender turrets with spire finials, pawns with slender baluster knops King: 7.9cm high Pawn: 4.2cm high Stock Reference: VS 1463
An English Ivory Chess Set by William Lund, Mid 19th Century one side stained red, the other side left natural, kings surmounted with Maltese crosses, queens with feather finials, bishops with open mitres, knights as horses' heads, rooks as reeded turrets, pawns with reeded ball finials, white king signed (but rubbed) to the base: WILLIAM LUND...MAKER...FLEET STREET in a mahogany box with a sliding lid King: 10.2cm high Pawn: 3.8cm high Box: 16.5cm long, 12cm wide, 7.5cm high Provenance: Privat
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A Rare “Hastilow” Ivory Chess Set, circa 1850 one side stained red, the other side left natural, kings and queen with elaborately carved crowns and bobbles, kings with crosses, queens with Fleur de Lys, bishops with open mitres, knights as carved horse’s heads, rooks as turrets with large flags, pawns with ball finials King: 8.7cm high Pawn: 4.1cm high. Stock Reference Number: MT 1813 Important Notice on the export of antique elephant ivory (CITES) Please note that as the chess set contains ant
A Fine English Ivory Chess Set by Calvert, Signed, Circa 1830-40 one side stained red, the other side left natural, kings with pierced crowns and surmounted by Maltese Crosses, queens with Fleur de Lys, bishops as open mitres, knights as horses' heads with manes and flaring nostrils, rooks as raised turrets, pawns with reeded ball finials, the base of the king stamped: CALVERT MAKER 189 FLEET STRt LONDON, in a 19th century mahogany box with a sliding lid King: 9.8cm high Pawn: 4.3cm high Box: 18
An Anglo-Indian Export Ivory Chess Set, Berhampore, circa 1840 one side stained red, the other side left natural, carved with elaborate decoration, kings with domed tops and 'pineapple' finials, queens similar but of smaller size, bishops with mitre tops, knights as horses' heads, rooks as raised turrets with brickwork, pawns with baluster knops to the central sections and 'pineapple' finials. in a 20th century wooden box with lid and metal scallop clasp King: 11.2cm high Pawn: 4.6cm high Box: 2
An Indian Export Figural Ivory Chess Set, Rajasthan, Early 20th Century Sikhs vs Princely States, one side as Sikhs wearing turbans, the other side as opposing armies (Princely States) wearing headdresses, both sides left natural, Sikh kings wearing turbans with swords, Princely States kings wearing headdresses with swords, queens as princes, bishops as camels, knights as horse, rooks as elephants, pawns as footsoldiers with swords and shields King: 7.5cm high Pawn: 4.5cm high Provenance: Privat
An Unusual English Ivory "Barleycorn Pattern" Chess Set, circa 1850 one side stained red, the other side left natural, kings with carved barley-twist decoration and surmounted by Maltese crosses, queens with barley-twist decoration and surmounted with ball finials, bishops with decorated mitres, knights as horses' heads, rooks as raised turrets with ball finials and flags, pawns with unusual elongated central sections in the Upright style, in a 20th century wooden box with a sliding lid, the int
A group of 19th century carved ivory and bone collectables to include: a cane top modelled as William Shakespeare; bone string/thread boxes; Indian chess pieces; marine ivory tooth; bone miniature dominoes etc Condition Report: ARR: Categories: Works of Art, Lot Description:, Condition Report:, Condition Report:, ARR:, Categories:, Works of Art
A French Ebony and Ivory inlaid Games Board/Box for Tric-Trac/Backgammon & Chess, 18th Century the exterior for chess, the alternate squares in ivory and ebony inlay, the interior for tric-trac, inlaid points in ivory and green-stained bone, holes for scoring pegs to the borders, brass hinges, a horn shaker and two die Width: 47cm Length (when open flat): 61cm Stock Reference: MJ 1708 Ilustrated with a set of 30 late 19th century ivory and ebony turned counters which are being sold separately (e
An Unusual Indian Ivory “Polo Knight”, probably Rajasthan, circa 1900 the helmeted rider on a prancing horse, with reins, over a gadrooned circular base (traces of green stain remaining, some age-cracking) Width: 5.2cm Height: 8cm Provenance: The Gareth Williams Chess Collection Stock Reference: VW 1649 Important Notice on the Export of Antique Elephant Ivory (CITES) Please note that as the chess set contains antique elephant ivory (dating from earlier than 1947) it will require a CITES export
A Set of Luxury Backgammon Counters by Asprey, circa 1930 one side in ivory the other in a simulated malachite green stain, in a green calf leather case with gilt lock, stamped ASPREY LONDON in gilt (30 counters in total, 15 to each side) Counters: 3.7cm in diameter Box: 14cm wide, 11.5cm deep, 4.5cm high (when closed) Stock Reference: ALB 1665 Important Notice on the Export of Antique Elephant Ivory (CITES) Please note that as the chess set contains antique elephant ivory dating from pre 1947
A Fine Inlaid Coromandel Games Board/Box for Chess and Backgammon, 19th century the exterior for chess with alternate squares in satinwood and coromandel, the interior for backgammon with backgammon points inlaid in ivory, 61.5cm wide (when open flat), 52cm deep and 6.1cm high (when open flat), together with a set of 30 antique ebony and ivory turned backgammon counters, leather shaker and ivorine dice, each chess square 6cm wide, the backgammon counters 4.1cm diameter. Stock Reference Number: M
Carved wood chess and checkers set with board and box by famed architect Michael Graves. Chess board is marked with Graves tag; each chess and pawn piece is signed Graves; USA, circa 2000. Features resin chess and pawn pieces in faux ebony and faux ivory. Board attached to the box and lifts up to reveal storage spaces for the playing pieces. Dimensions: Board: 16.5 inches L x 16.5 inches D x 2.75 inches H Largest chess piece (King): 2.75 inches; tall Smallest chess piece (Pawn) 1 inch tall.
Carved wood chess and checkers set with board and box by famed architect Michael Graves. Chess board is marked with Graves tag; each chess and pawn piece is signed Graves; USA, circa 2000. Features resin chess and pawn pieces in faux ebony and faux ivory. Board attached to the box. Dimensions: Board 16.5 inches L x 16.5 inches D x 2.75 inches H Largest chess piece (King) 2.75 inches; tall Smallest chess piece (Pawn) 1 inch tall.
A 19TH CENTURY INDIAN CARVED IVORY CHESS SET, the King represented as an elephant with Howdah, 9cm high, thirty-two pieces, half differentiated by black lines to bases, in the manner of an Berhampur John Company set
Museum quality Mammoth ivory Netsuke of Japanese Old Men Playing Chess. Actually the Japanese old men aren’t playing the chess as we know it, they are playing the Traditional Chess Game that in Japan’s 17th century was named Go- Actually Go still being play till now days. Ant it is one of the oldest board games in human history, a game for two players that is noted for being rich in strategic complexity despite its simple rules.
Museum quality Mammoth ivory Netsuke of – 3 Japanese Men Playing Chess . They are just finished the work & they met to drink sake & play the Traditional Chess Game that in Japan’s 17th century was named Go- Actually Go still being play till now days. Ant it is one of the oldest board games in human history, a game for two players that is noted for being rich in strategic complexity despite its simple rules. The game is played by two players who alternately place black and white stones on the vac