After doing this series on Top eBay Chess Items by Price for so long, I have to admit that I have least favorite categories of item and most favorite categories. An example of a least favorite category would be the previous post in the series, Another Dollhouse Chess Table, and a most favorite would be a painting, like the one shown below.
This particular painting was titled 'Fine Large 19th Century English Ladies Game of Chess Antique Oil Painting Signed' and subtitled 'Circa 1850 - signed indistinctly'. It sold for GBP 577.67 ('approximately US $727.11') after 26 bids from 13 bidders.
The description expanded on the title:-
A Game of Chess, circa 1850. Large English School work - signed indistinctly R*** James and Edmund W***. Fine large 19th Century scene of a game of chess, oil on canvas, signed.
Beautiful work of a game of chess between two ladies and a gentleman. Beautifully painted and interesting scene with one lady focused on the game at hand and the other more interested in the gentleman.
Some surface issues and marks as seen. Antique frame. Measurements: 37" x 31" framed.
The chess set in the painting looks like the one in A Barleycorn Chess Set (October 2011). As for the two ladies -- one focused on the game and the other on the gentleman -- it's not clear where the gentleman is focused.