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Regency Blue John Inlaid Chess Table

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This beautiful chess table bears a top inset with rare Blue John fluorite

Key Features

  • A handsome and rare George IV chess table inset with Blue John and marble
  • Blue John is a rare variety of fluorite found only in Derbyshire, England
  • This table marries this magnificent stone with exceptional Regency craftsmanship
  • Items crafted with Blue John are highly sought-after on the market
  • Circa 1820
  • 37 1/8 wide x 29 1/2 deep x 29 high

Item Details

  • Width:
    29 1/2" Inches
  • Height:
    28 3/4" Inches
  • Length:
    37" Inches
  • Period:
    19th Century
  • Origin:
This opulent George IV-era chess table is inlaid with exceptional specimens of Blue John, a rare variety of fluorite found only in Derbyshire, England. Intricately inlayed with beautiful marble, this exquisite surface is inset into the top of a masterfully carved rosewood table, highlighted by gadrooned and acanthus detailing and four dolphin-form feet. 

Discovered by the Romans over 2,000 years ago, Blue John stone is found only among the caverns of Treak Cliff Hill near Castleton in Derbyshire, England. Celebrated for its unique bands of blues, purples, and violets, Blue John was in great demand during the 18th and early 19th centuries. The colorful and decorative stone was even worked into columns in some of the finest houses in Great Britain, most notably Chatsworth, home of the Duchess of Devonshire. The name 'Blue John' is thought to originate from the French term bleu et jaune, meaning blue and yellow. The largest veins of Blue John had disappeared by the early 19th century and today only two working Blue John Stone mines remain, producing only a miniscule amount of the precious stone. The small amount that remains is buried in the veins of limestone which reside deep within Treak Cliff Cavern and Blue John Cavern. Only 0.25 tons of the stone is extracted annually, and is sparingly reserved for small objects and jewelry. The rare and important chess table, created during the Regency era, represents some of the last objects created using this precious stone.

Circa 1820

37 1/8" wide x 29 1/2" deep x 29" high

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