Silver & Objets de Vertu

Oxford - 2nd July 2020. Starts 11AM

Lot 463

A LATE VICTORIAN GILT-BRONZE COMMEMORATIVE CHESS PIECE BY CARLO AND ARTHUR GIULIANO, modelled as a rook, inset to the top with a section of Trans-Atlantic telegraph wire, inscribed 'CHESS MATCH BY CABLE BETWEEN HOUSE OF COMMONS, LONDON AND HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, WASHINGTON PLAYED OVER THE LINES OF THE ANGLO AMERICAN TELEGRAPH CO, LONDON AND WESTERN UNION TELEGRAPH CO, NEW YORK 1897 and CONTRACTORS THE TELEGRAPH CONSTRUCTION AND MAINTENANCE CO., LONDON, signed C&AG to base, 7.5cm high This souvenir chess piece was produced by Carlo Joseph and Arthur Alphonse Giuliano, sons of the celebrated Italian artist jeweller Carlo Giuliano, to commemorate the first chess match played between the House of Commons in London and the House of Representatives in Washington, D.C. Each team comprised five players and the chess moves were relayed back and forth across the Atlantic by telegraphic cable, starting on Monday 31 May 1897. The match was drawn after two days of play, each side scoring 2.5 points.

£2000 - £3000


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