ANTIQUE RARE AND EXQUISITE IVORY VIZAGAPATHAM CHESS BOARD & BOX
Board size open: 21 x 21 inches / 31.5 x 31.5 cm
Box size closed
Height: 2¾ inches / 7.1 cm
Width: 13½ inches / 34.2 cm
Depth: 7 inches / 17.7 cm
Stock number: 856553/0121
An antique and very rare and quite exquisite example of a Vizagapatham folding chess board and box. Dating to the first half of the 19th century this is one of the rarest examples of chess boards and boxes.
The boards appear from time to time as do the boxes but in many years of sourcing chess sets and ephemera for clients we have only seen this combination once and that was at Polesden Lacey who have a box and board which was a gift from the queen of Spain to the owner.
Unlike the folding Vizgapatham boards of this type we have come across, this one has a specially made recess on the back that allows the matching box to sit perfectly on the board when it is folded and not being used.
The board is oversize which suggests it was made for the larger and more important Indian sets (Pepys, Kashmir, Berhampore, ) and the box should accommodate such sets. It was almost certainly made for a wealthy customer.
This would be a stunning Companion to any “special” Indian or Chinese playing or figural set.
Vizagapatam work is the term used to describe pieces made by Indian craftsmen around the town of the same name on the Coromandel Coast of India throughout the 18th century and up to the mid 19th . The town was a principal trading port between Europe and east Asia – and the companies that took advantage of that location to establish vastly profitable trade routes: the Dutch East India Company and the Honorable East India Company (HEIC).
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