Draughtsman

ca. 1685 - ca. 1700 (made)

Leherr, Christoph Jakob

M.33-1910 SCP

Draughtsman, wood, Lion with hares / scarab beetle attacking eagle, after designs of Jakob Leherr, Germany (Augsburg), ca. 1685-1700

Obverse: A lion with hares playing. Inscription. Reverse: A flying scarab beetle attacking an eagle. Inscription.

The games-piece is decorated with emblematic scenes based on designs by Christoph Jakob Leherr (1647-1707), an Augsburg medallist. Games of skill such as chess and draughts with their chivalric and military associations had deep roots in patrician leisure, and luxury boards and games-pieces became common possessions amongst the elite of Renaissance Europe.

Bought, 8£.

Location: In Storage

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