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George III VersusThe Emperor of China Ivory Chess Set

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This wonderful Chinese ivory chess set pairs George III against the Emperor of China

Key Features

  • King George III and Chinese Emperor Tongzhi battle each other in the fine Chinese ivory chess set
  • The set is accompanied by its beautiful lacquered playing table
  • The Emperor's troops are dyed red, while the King's men remain a natural ivory
  • Each brilliantly carved figure stands atop a Chinese puzzle ball with a lotus blossom base
  • The sets inclusion of the British monarch suggests its creation as an export to Britain
  • The top of the table rotates so a single player can practice strategy by playing both sides
  • Circa 1880; Table: 27 7/8" diameter x 31 1/4" high; Emperor: 6" high; King: 5 5/8" high

Item Details

  • Height:
    T:31 1/4"; E: 6" Inches
  • Diameter:
    Table: 27 7/8" Inches
  • Period:
    19th Century
  • Origin:
England's King George III and the Emperor of China battle each other in this outstanding Chinese ivory chess set and fine lacquered playing table. The figures representing the Emperor, presumably Emperor Tongzhi, and his army are dyed red, while George III and his troops remain a natural, creamy white hue. Each playing piece is rendered in tremendous detail, and rests upon a pierced puzzle ball surmounting a lotus blossom. Since the likeness of British monarch is portrayed indicates this remarkable set was crafted specifically for export to the British market. The table is equipped with a "lazy Susan" surface, which allows a single player to play both sides simultaneously to practice strategy.

Certified import documentation from CITES is available for this object.

Circa 1880

Table: 27 7/8" diameter x 31 1/4" high
Emperor: 6" highKing: 5 5/8" high

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