Antique Rajasthan Elephant Chess Queen, circa 1840

S/N:LH 1834

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Antique Rajasthan Elephant Chess Queen, circa 1840

An Antique Indian Export Ivory Chess Queen, Rajasthan, circa 1840

polychromed painted decoration over ivory, the tusked elephant with a howdah bearing a prince, a mahout out in front, mounted on a stepped oval base

Height: 12cm

Length: 6.5cm

Width: 4cm

Stock Reference: LH 1834

Antique elephant howdah queen from a "Rajasthan" chess set. These sets were made in Rajasthan and exported to Britain by the East India Company, which was dissolved in 1874, and its licence to rule India revoked by the Crown in 1858.

The two sides (quite often in red and green) depicted the forces of the British East India Company versus the Princely States. The painted and lacquered finish is typical of Rajasthan.


  • H: 12cm (4.72in)
  • W: 6.5cm (2.56in)
  • D: 4cm (1.57in)


circa 1840

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Luke Honey is a dealer in unusual decorative antiques, furniture, pictures, posters and works of art- with an enthusiasm for the "Gentleman's Library" or quirky "English Country House" look. As a former specialist at both Phillips and Bonhams, Luke has had over twenty years experience selling antique games and is considered a leading authority on old backgammon boards, antique chess sets and chess boards, gambling and racing antiques and mah jong.

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Luke also hires out stock to stylists and film production companies on a regular basis. He exhibits at the Battersea Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair twice a year.

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