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Chess Set with Board by Man Ray


Chess Set (32 pieces) with board re-edition based on 1920 design carved solid beech wood tallest piece is 2" high chess board: 5/8 h. x 16 3/4 x 16 3/4 inches Man Ray designed this elegant chess set because of his lifelong friendship with Marcel Duchamp who was an avid chess player. He sought to use pure geometric forms associated historically and figuratively with the pieces they represent. The King represents the Egyptian king's pyramid; the Queen is the conical headdress of a medieval queen; the Bishop represents a flask for concocting healing liqueurs; and the Knight is based on a favourite form, the carved scroll found on a violin. Only a handful were ever produced in Man Ray's lifetime (the maharajah of Indore commissioned a set made from silver plated brass), and this re-issued design is rendered in wood and based on an original example from the Metropolitan Museum of Art's collection. Includes solid beechwood chessboard that beautifully compliments the set. Re-editioned in 2012. Made in Germany under license with the Man Ray Trust.


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    H 2 in. x W 16.75 in. x D 16.75 in.H 5.08 cm x W 42.55 cm x D 42.55 cm
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    Jersey City, NJ
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