Masterworks: Rare and Beautiful Chess Sets of the World (Hardcover)

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By Dylan Loeb McClain (Editor)
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The world's most gorgeous and unusual chess sets, spanning hundreds of years and five continents
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. Spanning hundreds of years and five continents, they are culled from private collections and museums, and include 200 year-old sets made by nameless Indian craftsmen, sets by Peter Carl Faberge, sets from Soviet gulag prisoners, and sets by leading artists of the 20th century, such as Max Ernst.
Each set has been specially photographed for this book, with detailed insights provided by an exceptional group of experts: Dr. George Dean, Jon Crumiller, Larry List and Will Wiles (Dezeen), with an introduction by the book's editor, Dylan Loeb McClain, former New York Times chess columnist.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780993191169
ISBN-10: 0993191169
Publisher: Fuel
Publication Date: February 28th, 2017
Pages: 232
Language: English