17th Century German Games Box
17th Century German Games Box
17th Century German Games Box
17th Century German Games Box
17th Century German Games Box
17th Century German Games Box
17th Century German Games Box
17th Century German Games Box

17th Century German Games Box

c. 1635 Germany

Offered by M. S. Rau Antiques

US$38,850 usd
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Remarkable condition and craftsmanship distinguish this 17th century German games box. Most likely created in southern Germany, an area well-known for its marquetry craftsmen, such an early and high-quality box would have been a luxury afforded only to the wealthy.

Crafted of walnut with boxwood and hardwood inlays, this rare antique features exceptional marquetry work including depictions of flora and fauna both outside and within. The lid features a chess board surrounded by a border of floral sprigs joined by images of dogs, birds, frogs and even a mouse. The exterior base features foliate scrolls punctuating the imagery of goats, dogs, lizards and a snail, while at the centre, a wonderful geometric pattern surrounding three inlaid dice provides a playing area for the two-player strategy game known as "9 Men's Morris."

Open the rustic metal latch to reveal an interior and game pieces ready to play a game of tric-trac. Played similarly to backgammon, tric-trac originated in France, circa 1500 and quickly became a favorite game enjoyed throughout western Europe. The game required two players to roll dice and move their "checkers" accordingly in opposing directions to both gain the highest score and race your opponent to finish a "match." This box retains its checkers and dice.

Tric-trac was very popular during the 17th century with the game portrayed in numerous works of art throughout the period. Speaking to the rarity of this box, several museums, including the Victoria & Albert Museum in London and Dresden's Grünes Gewölbe (Green Vault) Museum of incredible European treasures both hold similar southern German games boxes in their collections,
Excellent
Dimensions
Height 5.50 inch (13.97 cm)
Width 17.63 inch (44.78 cm)
Depth 17.88 inch (45.42 cm)
Stock Code
30-7620
Medium
Walnut with boxwood and hardwood inlays
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