Canton Export 'Burmese Pattern' Chess Set, 1836

S/N:EB 1872

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Canton Export 'Burmese Pattern' Chess Set, 1836

A Good 'Burmese Pattern' Export Ivory Chess Set by Hoaching, Canton, 1836

one side stained red, the other side left natural, the chessmen with elaborately carved decoration, kings and queens with carved faces and fleur-de-lys, bishops with mitres, knights with horses' heads, rooks as raised turrets with flags, the White Rooks with Union Flags, pawns with bud finials, in the original wooden box of square section with sliding lid, 'W.T. Copeland 1836' in pencil, 'Hoaching' trade label to the reverse of the lid

King: 9.7cm high

Pawn: 5.3cm high

Box: 13cm wide, 10cm high

Provenance: William Taylor Copeland, MP (1797- 1868)

Hoaching was a premier silversmith concern in Canton that also produced exquisitely carved ivory. He was a prolific craftsman, and his shop was considered one of the most expensive in Canton.

Stock Reference: EB 1872



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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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