Masterworks: Rare and Beautiful Chess Sets of the World (Hardback) in slipcase

World Chess


Masterworks: Rare and Beautiful Chess Sets of the World (Hardback) in slipcase is backordered and will ship as soon as it is back in stock.

The Most Interesting London-based chess gaming and entertainment group.

Chess, one of the world’s most popular games, has inspired artists for hundreds of years. Though apparently offering a limited canvas – each set has 32 pieces, each board 64 squares – sets have nevertheless been designed in countless ways, using almost every imaginable material: from precious metals, to ivory and rock crystal. They have taken many forms, from figural to abstract, and used many diverse themes, from the historical and political to the beauty and variety of the animal kingdom. This book brings together some of the most beautiful and unusual chess sets ever made. Over hundreds of years, from five continents, they are culled from private collections and museums, including: 200 year-old sets made by nameless Indian craftsmen; sets by Peter Carl Fabergé; sets from Soviet gulag prisoners; and sets by leading artists of the 20th century, including Max Ernst. The book has been published by World Chess and FUEL, a famous publishing duo that produced the famous “Russian Criminal Tattoos” series which had a profound impact on both design and illustration worlds. The book is edited by Dylan Loeb McClain.

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