Luke Honey is a dealer in unusual decorative antiques, furniture, pictures, posters and works of art- with an enthusiasm for the "Gentleman's Library" or quirky "English Country House" look. As a former specialist at both Phillips and Bonhams, Luke has had over twenty years experience selling antique games and is considered a leading authority on old backgammon boards, antique chess sets and chess boards, gambling and racing antiques and mah jong.
Luke operates from premises in Central London, where all stock can be viewed by appointment. Items can be viewed online at his regularly updated website.
Objects "Luke Honey"
“The New Military Game of German Tactics”, 19th century, a variation on the old game of Fox and Geese, the circular board with polychrome decoration and inscription, the reverse of the game with the rules, including 24 turned bone pegs and 2 turned red pegs, the board 20cm in diameter. Interesting & Rare. Literature: Lewin (C. G.) Wargames and their History, Fonthill, 2002, page 69.Read more
An Attractive English “Specimen Wood” Chess Board, circa 1900 the chess squares veneered in a variety of different woods, including ash, rosewood, coromandel and mahogany, within a wooden border, again made up of four different woods Dimensions: 41cm x 41cm Chess Squares: 4.5cm wide Stock Reference: MJ 1613Read more
Sir George Brydges Rodney, Bart., Admiral of the White and Rear Admiral of Great Britain, 1780 mezzotint portrait on laid paper, by Valentine Green after Hugh Barron, drawn sword in his right hand, sea-fight in distance to the left, (trimmed), sympathetically framed in a period style frame with antique glass Dimensions: 49.5cm x 39.6cm Stock Reference: LH 1003 Provenance: From the Collection of The Hon. Christopher Lennox-Boyd Reference: British Museum, prints & drawings collection, 1870, 1008.2697Read more
An Italian carved wooden ‘Mediolanum’ ‘bust’ chess set by Anri, Val Gardena, 20th century, one side with black bases, the other side left natural, all pieces with red felt to the underside, kings and queens as monarch, bishops with helmets, knights as horse’s heads, rooks as turrets, pawns as courtriers with beards, the king 9.9cm high, the pawn 5.5cm high, in a fitted wooden presentation box, with lift-out tray and metal clasp, 29cm wide. Stock Reference: VW 1542 Provenance: Gareth Williams Chess CollectionRead more
Le Jeu du Nain-Jaune (Game of the Yellow Dwarf), French, 1921 the box with attractive chromolithographic printing to the interior, rules pasted to the inside of the sliding lid, with five fitting trays and bone counters Dimensions: 25.5cm wide, 31cm deep, 5cm high. Stock Reference: PO 1590Read more
A Mahogany Cigar Humidor by Benson & Hedges, circa 1935 with a brass plaque to the lid, and inset brass ‘campaign’ handles, Benson & Hedges retail label to the inner lid, "By Appointment to His Majesty The King…London…New York…Montreal” Dimensions: 38cm wide, 24cm high, 29.5cm deepRead more
A Biedermeier “Selenus Pattern” Bone Chess Set, Germany/Central Europe, circa 1830 one side stained light brown, the other side left natural, kings with double galleries, queens with single galleries, bishops with knops and cogged caps, knights as horses’ heads, rooks as slender turrets, pawns with ball finials, in a wooden box with a hinged lid King: 10.6cm high Pawn: 4.6cm high Box: 23cm wide, 9cm high Stock Reference: VW 1604 Provenance: The Gareth Williams Chess CollectionRead more
An Unusual Nuremberg Bone Chess Set, 19th century one side stained red, the other side left natural, kings and queens with fluted neo-classical columns, the turned and reeded bishops tapering sides surmounted with ball finials, knights with arched horses’ heads, rooks as turrets surmounted with finials, pawns with spreading bases, in a 19th century mahogany box with a sliding lid King: 8.5cm high Pawn: 3.5cm high Box: 22cm long, 16.5cm wide Stock Reference: JA 1415Read more
Sir William Orpen (Irish, 1878-1931) The Roscommon Dragoon Collotype print on cream wove, signed by the artist in pencil From a limited edition of 300, blind stamp of the Fine Art Trade Guild 45 x 35.5cm Stock Ref: LH 1145 Literature: Bruce Arnold, "Orpen - Mirror to an Age", Jonathan Cape, 1982, p.285. Note: The original painting depicts Miss Vera Brewster of Cincinati, later to become Mrs Vera Hone, wife of W.B. Yeats's biographer, Joseph Hone. Painted in 1913, it shows Mrs Hone wearing the tunic of the Armagh Infantry dating to c.1865, and holding a Shako of the Roscommon Infantry militia dating to c.1830 - both borrowed from the National Museum of Ireland especially for the sitting. In 1919, a limited number (300) of signed reproductions were made of the original before the painting left Europe bound for a Canadian collector.Read more
An Anglo-Indian Export carved ivory chess set, Vizagapatam, circa 1830, one side stained nut brown, the other side left natural, kings and queens with foliate crowns, bishops with pierced mitres, knights as horses’ heads, rooks as turrets with brickwork, pawns with baluster knops and surmounted with gadrooned urns, the king 10.5cm high, the pawn 5.5cm high. Stock Reference: VW 1538 Provenance: Gareth Wiliams Chess Collection. Important Notice on the export of antique elephant ivory (CITES) Please note that as the chess set contains antique elephant ivory it will require a CITES export licence to export to destinations outside the European Union. Due to recent US legislation, it is with regret that we are unable to export this item to the United States of America. Please contact me if you need further information.Read more
An Irish Killarney Yew chess set and board, 19th century, one side slightly darker in colour, kings with spiked crowns, queens with ball finials, bishops with bulbous mitres, knights with large flat horses’ heads in the Irish manner, rooks as turrets, pawns with baluster knops, the king 9cm high, the pawn 5cm high, the hinged Killarney Yew and boxwood inlaid board/box for chess and backgammon, the backgammon points inlaid in satin-birch, 47.5cm wide (when open). Stock Reference Number: FL 1534 Provenance: Private Chess Collection.Read more
An English Ivory “Washington Pattern” Chess Set, circa 1800 one side stained red, the other side left natural, kings and queens with concentric rings around the centre sections, bishops as split mitres, knights as arched horses’ heads over ringed columns, rooks as raised turrets with battlements, pawns with baluster knops, ball finials and stepped bases, in a mahogany box with a sliding lid King: 9cm high Pawn: 4.6cm high Box: 17.7cm high Stock Reference Number: VS 1414 Literature: Gareth Williams, Masterpieces, Quintet Publishing, 2000, pp. 40-41. The so-called “Washington Pattern”” chess set is named after a similar set held in the collection of George Washington’s house, Mount Vernon, Virginia, which can reasonably dated to around 1770. This version of the pattern is slightly later in date, and has the turrets raised on columns over the circular bases. Important Notice on the Export of Antique Elephant Ivory (CITES) Please note that as the chess set contains antique elephant ivory it will require a CITES export licence to export to destinations outside the European Union. Due to recent US legislation, it is with regret that we are unable to export this item to the United States of America. Please contact me if you need further information.Read more
An attractive English mother o’ pearl inlaid black lacquered and papier-mâché chess board, circa 1870, with a folding white metal hinge, and gilt foliate decoration to the border, 35.7cm wide (when open), each square 3.9cm wide. Stock Reference Number: VS 1444Read more
Dr Roget’s Economic Chess-Board, 1847-50 “The Economic Chess-Board...being a chess board provided with a complete set of Chess-Men, Adapted for playing Games in Carriages or out of Doors, and for folding up and carrying in the Pocket, without disturbing the Game...Invented by P. M. Roget, M. D...and registered according to the act of Parliament, November 10th, 1845”, London, Longman, Brown, Green and Longmans; folding pocket chess board of glazed paper over card stock and red-brown cloth, gilt titles, inside a complete set of slip-in elliptical chess pieces in red and dark blue printed card, together with further chess pieces to the reserve, in an oil cloth slipcase with paper label. Rare. Dimensions: 15cm x 10cm. Stock Reference: MM 1484 Reference: Michael Mark “Early English Pocket Chess Sets”, The Chess Collector, volume 2, October 1990, No. 1 page 12.Read more
A Staunton Pattern Early Plastic “Tournament Chess Set” by Lowe, 1930’s the celluloid chessmen in black and white, knights well modelled with collars, all with green felt bases to the undersides, white rooks stamped LOWE, in an attractive maroon leatherette case with a hinged lid blindstamped “TOURNAMENT CHESSMEN BY LOWE”, and with an embossed Staunton Knight in gilt to the lid King: 8.4cm high Pawn: 3.7cm high Box: 24cm wide Stock Reference: LH 1405Read more
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- British coronation furniture is becoming increasingly collectable. If you enjoy visiting English country houses you may have noticed coronation chairs tucked away in corridors, halls and even bathrooms. These were made specifically for guests to sit in at the coronation of English- later British monarchs, held at Westminster Abbey since 1066.
- Man Ray's 125th birthday
- This week, surrealist photographer Man Ray would have celebrated his 125th birthday, to celebrate, Barnebys takes a look at the incredible contribution he made to 20th century art.
- Inspiration: 1960s Mix & Match
- This autumn, interiors will be warmed up with colours of the 1960s.
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