Lot 136

A CHINESE-EXPORT CARVED IVORY FIGURAL CHESS SET

Early 19th Century

Estimate: £800 - £1,200
Hammer price: £1,700
Bidding ended. Lot has been sold.

The stained side depicting George III an Queen Charlotte as the King and Queen, versus the Chinese Emperor and Empress, mounted in a velvet lined and gilt-brass glazed display case, the white king 13cm high overall, the pawn 7cm high; the case 43.5cm wide; 22cm high


Condition report: 

As to be expected repairs in some areas and losses. This list is not exhaustive but the most obvious as follows: 

Various elements lacking, including the red king’s cross finial, an element from the red queen’s arm and a chip to the back of her crown. Two flags to the rooks. Losses to red pawn’s guns, four or so white pawn’s with missing swords. 

Various old repairs including, the white king with old glue repairs to the flag, which is also carved with a character mark. The two white elephant rook’s with ink character marks to the undersides. Mahout to the red rook is associated. 

Some rubbing to the stained side. Possibly some smaller repairs, including one old one to the end of a gun on the red side.

Dirt and dust, minor shrinkage in some areas as to be expected. 

Stand with rubbing and dirt to areas, as to be expected. 


Provenance: Hylda and Lewis Gilbert, Sheldrake Place, London. 

Lewis Gilbert (d.2018), the celebrated film director, producer and screenwriter, best known for his 007 James Bond movies and Alfie.

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