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A collection of Parian chess pieces by Minton, individually priced

A collection of Parian chess pieces by Minton, individually priced

Code: 211002

Priced individually

A collection of Parian chess pieces by Minton.  These pieces were originally sculpted by John Bell for Minton, and produced for the 1851 Great Exhibition. They were produced again in the late Nineteenth Century, and again in the mid Twentieth Century. They show children dressed in costumes depicting the various chess pieces.  These Parian chess pieces are now difficult to find, and we are pleased to be able to offer this small collection.

In this selection, the white pieces are original from 1851 and the blue are probably later.

The pawns are all c. 6.2cm (2½) high

Blue pieces  

211002 a: Bishop, marked with 4 dots on base, excellent condition, 9 cm (3½“)    £135

211002 b: Knight on horseback, 4 dots on base, excellent condition, 8.5 cm (3.3”)    £135

211002 c: Knight on horseback, 4 dots on base, helmet plume missing, otherwise condition sound    £85.

211002 d: Pawn with crossbow, 4 dots on base, excellent condition    £95

211002 e: Pawn with crossbow, 4 dots on base, excellent condition    £95

211002 f: Pawn with crossbow, no marks, excellent condition    £95

White pieces  

211002 g: Pawn with crossbow, Minton ermine and “5 x 50” marks, excellent condition    £125

211002 h: Pawn with club and shield, fleur-de-lis, ermine and “1 5” marks, chip to base, otherwise sound £110

211002 i: Pawn with crossbow, ermine mark,  4 dots on base, excellent condition    £125

211002 j: Pawn with crossbow, ermine mark,  4 dots on base, excellent condition    £125

211002 k: Pawn with crossbow, ermine mark,  4 dots on base, excellent condition    £125

200701:  Rook modelled as three children with crowns and a central castle, no marks, damage to tops of crowns and castles and tiny chip to base, 9cm (3½“)    £120