A "Pepys" ivory chess set, Vizagapatam, India, early/mid 19th century,
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A "Pepys" ivory chess set, Vizagapatam, India, early/mid 19th century,
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A "Pepys" ivory chess set,
Vizagapatam, India, early/mid 19th century,
one side stained red, the other side left natural, kings with galleries and spire finials, queens similar but of smaller size, bishops with pierced mitres, knights as horses' heads, rooks as raised turrets (lacking flags), pawns with spire finials, in a 19th century banded mahogany box,
the king 14.5cm high, the pawn 5.1cm high, the box 32cm wide (2).

Footnotes

  • Reference: Gareth Williams, "Master Pieces", Apple, 2000, page 104: "such a set, with a box board and backgammon counters was presented to the London Museum by the Pepys Cockerell family, descendants of the diarist, Samuel Pepys...one of the most impressive designs for an Anglo-Indian set that has evolved to become more decorative and artistic than conventional".

    Also: "Scach Partie Durch Zeiten und Welten", Edition Braus, 2005, page 190, figure 161, and "Spielwelten der Kunst-Junstkammerspiele", Kunsthistoriches Museum Vienna, 1998, page 29. plate 12.
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