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Chinese Gaming Counters

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+44 (0)207 7275263

+44 (0)7831 561042

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  • £225.00
  • €246 Euro
  • $289 US Dollar

United Kingdom

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Chinese Gaming Counters

WALPOLES
Mother of pearl gaming counters, fashioned from the nacre of large oyster shells, were a commodity of the The China Trade between 1700 and 1840. They were used for scoring and bidding in card games such as Ombre, Quadrille and Pope Joan. The trade in mother of pearl gaming counters continued until around 1840, when whist, scored on the familiar board with pegs, became the most popular card game in the Western world. The earliest counter sets, from around 1720 to 1760, included fish-shaped counters such as these. A shoal of seventeen eighteenth century Chinese mother-o-pearl gaming counters, as seen in our portrait of a child, https://www.walpoleantiques.com/birthday-portrait. The largest fish measures 2.75 inches long

Period: 

18th Century & Earlier

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Telephone: +44 (0)207 7275263

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WALPOLES

111 Portobello Road,
London
W11 2DY
United Kingdom

WWW.WALPOLEANTIQUES.COM

Walpoles is an antiques business that has been established for more than 35 years with an extensive stock which can be divided into three broad themes: "The Army" encompassing colonial furniture and works of art, folk art of the British soldier as well as campaign furniture, pictures and objects of a military theme; "The Navy" covering fine and folk art associated with the British Royal and Merchant Navy fleets as well as fine art and objects that fall under a title of "The China Trade"; and finally there is an established core of furniture, pictures and works of art typical of "The English Country House".

Founded by Graham Walpole, the business first set up in Church Street, in London’s Marylebone, and by the end of the 1980s had moved to Westbourne Grove, from where they dealt until the turn of the last century. In 2004 Walpoles relocated to their home town of Greenwich and joined the British Antiques Dealers Association but now work from 111 Portobello Road. Please be aware that this shop is too small to show all of the stock on the website and that you should make an enquiry before your journey to ensure that the item in question is there for you to see. We are open every day, with the exception of Sundays, between the hours of 10 a.m. & 4 p.m., (Saturday 7.00 a.m. - 5 p.m.)

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