AN ITALIAN PIETRE DURE CHESS BOARD, ROME EARLY 17TH CENTURY
including Spanish brocatello, breccia di settebasi, alabaster, verde antico, breccia quintilina
39.5 x 39.5cm., 1ft. 3½in.
This chess board is in reasonable condition. It has minor marks, chips and scratches consistent with its age. The white ground has a chip to one corner and slight discolouration to one side. The border has repairs to the breccia quitilina ovals, one of them with a replaced section. One alabaster medallion cracked and reset. Minor repairs and losses to breccia border. One corner with some staining that can probably be cleaned. The games grid with minor losses and cracks. All these mentioned elements are visible in the catalogue image.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."
By repute Marquesses of Headfort
For a comparable chess board in the Museo Nacional de Artes Decorativas in Madrid (iv. nr.5443) see González-Palacios, Las Colecciones Reales Españoles de Mosaicos y Piedras Duras, Museo Nacional del Prado, 2001, p.251, nr.47.