04 juin 2019

A newly-discovered Lewis Chessman appears at auction

Probably Norwegian, Trondheim, A Lewis Chessman, A Warder, walrus ivory, 8.8cm., 3½in. Estimate £600,000-1,000,000. Courtesy Sotheby's. NEW YORK, NY.- Rightly regarded as the most famous chess pieces to have survived from the medieval world, the Lewis Chessmen secured their place in history when they were found in 1831 on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides. The remarkable hoard constituted the greatest ever discovery of medieval chess pieces, and from the moment they were unearthed, the Lewis Chessmen evoked their own... [Lire la suite]