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Ivory panel, a man and a woman playing chess

elephant-ivory; carved

c. 1325 - 1375

9.1 cm height; 5.4 cm length; 0.3 cm depth

Provenance: Emile Levy; sold Paris, 14 December 1928, lot 16; Max Silberberg; sold Berlin (Graupe), 12 October 1935, lot 228

Place of Creation: England
Place of Creation: France


Panel, part of a set of writing tablets or a box, depicting a man and a woman playing chess, three onlookers, beneath a triple-arched canopy, on a green velvet backboard.

Literature: M.H. Longhurst, , Catalogue of carvings in ivory (Victoria & Albert Museum, London, 1927, 1929), p. p. 51, img. plate XLV

Bequeathed by Michael Wellby, 2012.