French 'Regence Pattern' Chess Set, 18th century

S/N:VW 1833

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French 'Regence Pattern' Chess Set, 18th century

A Good French Régence Pattern Boxwood & Rosewood Chess Set, Late 18th Century

bishops with bullet shaped finials, knights with canted "tri-corn" tops, rooks as smaller bulbous turrets, pawns with baluster knops, in the original box with a sliding lid inscribed: "L' Institution des S...à Paris 20 Mai 1826" (some chipping and damage).

King: 9cm high

Pawn: 4.5cm high

Box: 16cm long, 8cm high, 10cm wide.

Provenance: Gareth Williams Chess Collection. This set features in Gareth's book: "Masterpieces", Apple Press, 2000, illustrated pp. 38-39:

"A late eighteenth-century wood French 'Regency' set similar in design to one owned by Benjamin Franklin. For convenience all chessmen have been turned, the traditional horse's head for the knight being omitted, thereby saving the manufacturer the cost of employing a skilled carver. This is a typical French playing set of the eighteenth-century. The abstract design is very neutral, an astute marketing ploy so as not to discourage their sales to various continuously volatile political and religious factions within."

Stock Reference: VW 1833


Late 18th century

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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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