107B: A MEISSEN PORCELAIN MOORS V TURKS SET
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A MEISSEN PORCELAIN FIGURAL "MOORS VERSUS TURKS" CHESS SET, after a design by Johann Kaendler, Germany, 20th century, one side Turks, the other sides Moors, the chessmen on circular bases with gilt, Turkish king wearing a turban or headdress, Turkish queen wearing a gilded crown, Turkish bishops wearing yellow coats, and brandishing dandy canes, Turkish knights as horsemen, again wearing turbans, rooks as elephants bearing howdahs and turrets, Turkish pawns in lilac coats with yellow cloaks; Moorish kings in blue with turbans, Moorish queens wearing a red cloak, Moorish bishops in red with dandy canes, Moorish knights as horsemen, Moorish rooks as elephants with howdahs and turrets, Moorish pawns in blue with turbans, the king 7.2cm high, the pawn 5.6cm high, each piece with Meissen crossed swords mark underglazed in blue, and registration number.
***Johann Joachim Kaendler, the son of a Protestant pastor, began his work at Meissen in 1731, becoming the Model Master in 1733. During his forty three years with the Meissen Porcelain Manufactory, Kaendler produced numerous successful models. He died in 1775. Literature: Donald Liddell: "Kunslerische Scachfiguren", pages 84-85. Phillips: "The Ernst Boehlen Chess Collection", Monday, 9th November, 1998. Lot 82 A. E. G. Mackett-Beeson: "Chessmen", Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1968, figure. 93. Provenance: From a private collection..
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