A Chinese Export ivory puzzle-ball chess set, Canton, early 19th century,
Lot 103Y
A Chinese Export ivory puzzle-ball chess set, Canton, early 19th century,
Sold for £2,500 (US$ 3,656) inc. premium


Lot Details
A Chinese Export ivory puzzle-ball chess set,
Canton, early 19th century,
one side stained green, the other side left natural, the chessmen raised on puzzle-balls, kings and queens as Emperor and Empress (both wearing elaborate headdresses and queens holding baskets of flowers), bishops as mandarins (green bishops with bald or shaven heads and holding fly-whisks), knights as horse archers, rooks as elephants with turrets and flags, pawns as horsemen,
the king 17.5cm high, the pawn 8.3cm high.

Footnotes

  • An unusual take on the Cantonese puzzle-ball theme. Note the bald-headed mandarins holding fly-whisks and the Green Queen holding a basket of flowers.
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