North European Painted Wooden Set ,18th century
A NORTH EUROPEAN PAINTED CARVED FRUITWOOD BUST CHESS SET
Depicting the Europeans versus the Africans, the pawns with feather caps, re-freshed paintwork
The origin of this set is discussed in the exhibition catalogue Schach Partie and related to the French colonial iconography of the second half of the 18th Century onwards. Many examples were carved in Dieppe incorporating North African figures and the bishop as the fou from this period and throughout the 19th Century to illustrate the two sides.
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