OSWELL BLAKESTON 1970-80’S
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We offer this very rare set of three antique Chinese armorial mother-of-pearl gaming counters made for either Sir Walter Dixon Borrowes 7th. Baronet or Sir Erasmus Dixon Borrowes 8th Baronet of Gilltown, County Kildare. This top quality set comprises of a long rectangular shaped counter, a circular counter and a wider rectangular counter and each is of exceptional quality. These were made to order around 1840. Made in Canton orders took 2 years at least to carve and these were also supplied through contacts in the East India Company in the 'private trade' of the Captain or Supercargo. These three examples are of top quality, with an intricately fretted border of scrolling leaves and flowers. With deep relief carved decoration and with a very rare feature of the crest of the lion also being deep-carved – normally these are only surface engraved. The counters are carved with birds and animals to either side of the crest and with exceptional deep-carved scenes to the reverse. The original set would have contained 140 pieces each with a different scene to the back often telling a story. The crest is properly described: 'a lion sejant guardant murally crowned' which was the specific crest of the Borrowes Baronets - distinguished by the crown being mural rather than ducal which was recorded for other branches of the family. The gaming counter is otherwise unmarked.
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