Antique Wooden Dice Hand carved Old Pair RARE Artifact

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  • Item Category: Furniture & Furnishings
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Nov 28, 2006
  • Channel: Auction House
Old Pair Wooden Dice

19th Century or Earlier


Description: From our collection of French curiosities, we offer this old pair of wooden dice found at market. We searched for a long time for these old and sturdy wooden dice. exact age is difficult to determine, however to note we bought these together with a group of very old French objects d'art. As collectors of primarily 18th century decorative arts, we find these to be cultural reminders of the age when gambling was fashionable (not that we advocate the modern practice, but some of you might use these for a game of chance) Collectors will note that such old pairs are a rare find likely to not come around again. Low opening bid. see our other items which include antiques from this period.

History: Dice often appear in still life paintings of the 17th and 18th centuries, although their origin is likley more ancient. Their symbolism realted to chance and sometimes immorality . During the 18th century, one finds etui cases fitted with personal dice for gambling at fashionable casinos (at times those within a private house). Gambling for many years was an aristocratic affair . One such fan was Marie Antoinette .

Condition & Size: Excellent with wear and patina kindred to age. See hand for scale.

Shipping & Payment : For our current lots: Continental US shipping only: 6 USD which includes insurance up to 100 USD. For shipping insurance up to 500 USD, we use fedex express for which you must request a quote. All other countries please inquire. We prefer paypal, if you wish to pay otherwise, we must agree on payment method before auction close. Also note we ship from either New York or Geneva Switzerland ; shipping price is as noted. We strive to reduce US shipping costs by transporting objects from our main shop in Geneva to our New York base. If piece is not paid on time, we reserve the right to void sale.

Who we are: We live and sell between Geneva Switzerland (a good mid point for European travel) and New York . Our formal education is in the Decorative Arts with an emphasis on glass and ceramics. We have 10 years of auction house and museum work experience. Our store, The Merchant's Basket, is a slowly growing antiques business that offers a variety of 18th century European decorative arts and reproductions of similar quality. We sell reproductions along with antiques to suggest that older pieces be displayed, while newer ones be used. We believe in preservation of the old as much of it is disappearing. All of our offerings are made with similar human care and quality.

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