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Reserved for Aileen - Amulette Chanceuse - Antique Chinese Game Counter, Flameball Pearl and  Antique chalcedony Fob with Raw Black Diamonds & Baroque Pearls Chain
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Reserved for Aileen - Amulette Chanceuse - Antique Chinese Game Counter, Flameball Pearl and Antique chalcedony Fob with Raw Black Diamonds & Baroque Pearls Chain
During the early 1700’s, wealthy European families commissioned Chinese artisans to make finely engraved sets of mother-of-pearl gaming counters for use in parlor games such as Ombre, Quadrille, Loo and Whist. Starting with simple Chinese designs of flowers and birds, the engravings became more complex with time, often using family crests, monograms, or even coats -of-arms of royal European families. Even the wife of George III, Queen Charlotte, had her own set of counters and it is rumored that King George had to confiscate them as she habitually lost so much money! This commerce continued until 1840, when the games fell from fashion. The shells were ground flat, shaped, polished and engraved - all nearly 300 years ago, and all by hand! The particular large mollusk that provided these large flat shells was hunted to extinction to supply this trade. This beautiful and delicately carved and fretted Chinese gaming counter has found a new life as the centerpiece of an equally delicate and sinewy necklace of sparkling raw black diamonds and creamy freshwater baroque pearls. A unique nucleated “Flameball Pearl” and darling little antique floral white chalcedony fob joins the beautiful mother-of-pearl counter in an explosion of good luck amulets. 36” long
Reference: 27907




Size: 36” long
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