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ANTIQUE SET OF CHINESE RED & WHITE CARVED IVORY COUNTERS

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SKU: 856541/0121 Categories: , Tags: ,
SKU: 856541/0121

ANTIQUE SET OF CHINESE RED & WHITE CARVED IVORY COUNTERS

£2,450.00

ANTIQUE SET OF CHINESE RED & WHITE CARVED IVORY COUNTERS

 

Circa 1850

 

Diameter: 1½ inches / 3.8 cm
Stock number: 856541/0121
Price: £2450

 

A set of 32 Chinese Cantonese carved ivory counters, one side natural ivory, the other stained red, each piece is carved individually to both sides with rural scenes with either 2 or 3 people under under trees, some also with buildings. I am trying to see if these carvings have any significance as I am not sure why they have carved 16 pieces for each side and the only game I can think of that uses 16 pieces would be Chinese chess. The other use for these, would be an exceptionally fine set of backgammon counters, with a spare for each colour. There also 2 small carved ivory pots with this set, which contain a very small number of carved mother-of-pearl counters. 

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