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Games board

Games board

  • Place of origin:

    Italy (possibly, made)
    Persia (possibly, made)

  • Date:

    1500-1700 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Walnut with wood and bone marquetry.

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Chess and backgammon board of walnut with marquetry mosaic of stellate and interlaced form in light wood and bone.

Place of Origin

Italy (possibly, made)
Persia (possibly, made)


1500-1700 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Walnut with wood and bone marquetry.


Length: 52 cm shorter sides, Width: 69.9 cm when open

Object history note

Bought for £10 from a Mr R. Carter of 36 Spring Street, Surrey Gardens (London), 'cracked and many pieces of inlay missing'. In his art referee report (RP/1870/19189, 29 April 1870) Sir M. Digby Wyatt noted 'This is a beautiful specimen, very cheap, and of extraordinarily fine & all[sic] handwork. It is earnestly recommended for purchase.'

This may be the Robert Carter, recorded as an 'antique china dealer' at 15-16 The Minories in the City of London, 1870 and as 'antique furniture dealers' at 185 Tottenham Court Road, 1882. (See Mark Westgarth, A Biographical Dictionary of Nineteenth Century Antique & Curiosity Dealers (Regional Furniture vol. XXIII, 2009))

Descriptive line

Walnut with inlay of wood and bone, Italy, 1500-1600 or Persia 1600-1700


Walnut; Antler; Bone






Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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