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Lot 215C

215C: An Italian carved wooden chess set, c. 1930

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AN ITALIAN CARVED WOODEN FIGURAL CHESS SET, Tyrolean, circa 1930,
by Vincenzo Demtz Figlio, one side stained dark brown, the other side left natural, kings and queens in Medieval robes, bishops with daggers, knights as horses' heads, rooks as turrets built on rocks, pawns as bearded mens' heads, the king 10cm high, the pawn 3.1cm high.

***Note the similarity to the carved wooden sets by Anri. A Mr Nicholas Size writes in the British Chess Magazine, October 12th 1929: Sir- During a recent holiday I came across some extraordinary chessmen in a woodcaver's shop in Northern Italy...The name of the maker is Vincenzo Demetz Figlio of Ortesi, Val Gardena- and as all the wood-carving in that district is reasonable in price there may be a chance of a little English encouragement reaching the artist. The town of Ortesi is mostly devoted to the carving of saints and angels- greatly in demand in continental churches; and the art of wood carving is learnt by the children, who have tools put into their hands almost before they can walk..

Estimate £300 – £500
Starting Bid £150
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