India  (Asia)

India. It starts with a very cute silver enamelled chess set from India. In this form it is rare. Unfortunately it is not in a very good condition. The enamel is coming loose.

In the course of the time I have collected 5 of those "Rajasthan" sets, which are all made for the tourist market and cannot compete with the antique ones. My dating may not be accurate, but it is as is told to me. However you cannot believe everyone. All these sets are in a presentation box, designed to show the pieces for easier sale. In the list you see a tiny and a big ivory one, two normal sized wooden and one bigger wooden set. There exist bigger sets as well, where the figures are full width in stead of these flat ones. In the sets listed here you see full width Kings and Queens at the larger wooden set only, but the other pieces of that set are flat as well.

The last set in this listing is only a half set. It was a gift and the other side was never there. Pieces are crudely carved, except for the elephants which are very nice. The elephant pieces have also a little different colour.

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  • India, "Jaipur"
  • ca. 1950
  • Enamelled silver K 5.2 and base Ø 3.5; p 3.2 and base Ø 2.8
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  • India, "Rajasthan"
  • Early 20th century
  • Ivory K 4.4; p 1.9
  • Cassette 34.5×21.1×4.7
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  • India, "Rajasthan"
  • Mid 20th century
  • Sandelwood + coromandel K 8.2; p 4.2
  • Cassette 40.5×22.8×3.
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  • India, "Rajasthan"
  • Mid 20th century
  • Sandelwood + coromandel K 8.6; p 3.1
  • Cassette 36.9×20.4×4.0
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  • India, "Rajasthan"
  • 20th century
  • Ivory K 10.8; p 4.6
  • Cassette 53.3×28.4×5.3
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  • India, "Rajasthan"
  • 1998
  • Sandelwood + coromandel K 11.8; p 3.9
  • Cassette 50.2×25.9×6.1
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  • India, Varanasi, half a set
  • 1999
  • Soapstone K 10.1; p 7.6