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Bears of Berne, late 19th century

A 'Bears of Berne' chess set, late 19th century, carved in Switzerland. The kings and queens modelled with crowns, the bishops with staffs, knights as bears on rocky outcrops, rooks as bears turrets, pawns with clubs. The king -- 4 1/4in. (10.7cm.) high; the pawn -- 2½in. (6.5cm.) high.

Provenance: Jon Crumiller collection.

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