An ivory netsuke chess set, Japanese, late 19th/early 20th century,
Lot 136Y
An ivory netsuke chess set, Japanese, late 19th/early 20th century,
Sold for £13,750 (US$ 23,111) inc. premium
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An ivory netsuke chess set,
Japanese, late 19th/early 20th century,
one side stained a yellow or light brown, the other side left natural, kings as rulers, queens holding fans, bishops as priests, knights as Samurai warriors, rooks as pagodas with stepped roofs, pawns as figures from Japanese mythology, each chessman with maker's signature,
the king 7.3cm high, the pawn 3.5cm high.

Footnotes

  • This set is similar to the Tomomitsu example in the Jaeger collection. See: "Scachspiele Wandel im Laufe der Kunst und Kultur geschichte: Privatsammlung Jaeger", 1988, page 38, figures 27, and a further example by Yushin in the Ernst Boehlen Collection: "Scach: Kultur- Kunst- Philosophie Figuren und Spiele vom Mittelalter bis zur Gegenwart", plate 80, page 66.
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