Monday, May 21, 2007

English set from around 1750

English set from the middle of the 18th century.
White pieces in ivory, Red pieces in bone.

Friday, May 4, 2007

Two Chinese pieces

A sitting Chinese Queen and a Pawn from different sets. Both pieces are made of ivory and finely carved.

It is unclear wether or not the sitting Chinese Queens and Kings are chess pieces. Mackett-Beeson tells us that they are but they are usually sold as single pieces. Micheal Mark has seen only one chess set with sitting Chinese Queens, Kings and Bishops in more than 30 years.

I love the Pawn. It must come from a very fine set. 99.9% of Chinese pawns out there are very rude compared to this one.

The pawn again

A miserably low-end pawn for comparison. Fortunately not from my collection.