“Lyon”  (France)

"Lyon" sets are called after the city Lyon, but it is not known whether the sets actually were made there.

The "Lyon" sets have been produced in same period as "Directoire": from beginning 18th century till the end of it.

You see bone sets as well as sets of wood with bone combined. I do not know of ivory "Lyon" sets. One typical pattern of this type is the so called "Inverted Lyon" pattern, where bodies seem upside down and Kings and Queens have bone skirts to their bellies. I think the term "Inverted Lyon" was coined by our old friend Garrick Coleman. He certainly claimed it and thought he would at least be remembered for this if nothing else.

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  • France, "Lyon"
  • 18th century
  • Bone K 8.1; p 4.0
  • Box 27.8×16.1×6.7
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  • France, "Lyon"
  • 18th century
  • Wood/bone K 8.0; p 4.4
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  • France, "inverted Lyon"
  • 18th century
  • Wood/bone K 7.9; p 4.4