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Chinese Ivory Chess Set

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This exceptional chess set captures the intrigue of the Chinese imperial court

Key Features

  • This magnificent Chinese chess set boasts the finest hand-carved artistry
  • Inspired by the Chinese imperial court, the chess pieces are intricately carved of ivory
  • Almost certainly made in Hong Kong, this large set is truly a masterpiece
  • Circa 1935
  • Chessboard: 31 7/8" square x 4 1/4" high; Table: 35 7/8" square x 30 1/4" high

Item Details

  • Period:
    20th Century
  • Origin:
Ornate carving and high relief detailing distinguish this high-quality Chinese ivory chess set. These exceptional figures, each hand-carved of pure and stained ivory, take the form of highly recognizable Chinese figures. Emperors and empresses serve as the kings and queens, court ministers act as bishops, warrior knights who are carved as Mulan, wearing her characteristic hat, ride on horseback, rooks are styled as pagodas and the eight immortals of Chinese mythology, each seated upon his or her sacred animal, serve as pawns. The quality afforded to these wonderful pieces is consistent with that of the ivory carvers of Hong Kong, who specialized in intricate artistry that paid homage to their ancestral roots. With the black king standing at over eight inches, this large set is one of the finest of the period. The exceptional, custom-made lacquered chess board acts as storage for the delicate pieces, with its silk-lined interior, and the matching table completes the set. 

Circa 1935

Black king: 8 1/4" high
Chessboard: 31 7/8" square x 4 1/4" high
Table: 35 7/8" square x 30 1/4" high

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