The remarkable chess sets featured in this volume span time and
history, chronicling the story of the game and its design with
exemplary pieces from the author's collection, as well as others
from museums around the globe. Chess Masterpieces considers chess
through the dual perspectives of art and history. For instance, in
Islamic countries the taboo against figurative representation led
to the familiar abstract shapes we recognize as the traditionalA"
chess set. Local materials and techniques also influenced design,
as demonstrated in the ivory, alabaster, and clay chessmen found in
Africa. Among the upper classes of Europe, commissions resulted in
sets executed by the workshops of Wedgwood and Waterford in
England, Limoge in France, Meisen and Villeroy Boch in Germany,
Murano and Capodimonte in Italy, and Faberge in Russia. Chess is a
war game, and this volume will feature some of the most notable
sets created to commemorate battles and historical conflicts such
as Waterloo, both World Wars, the Punic Wars, the Ghibellines and
the Guelphs, the Crusades, and the American Revolution. Also
reproduced here are a Chinese ivory set of incomparable complexity
and workmanship; the famous Lewis chessmen, one of the earliest
known examples of European chess design; Egyptian sets made of
glass, ceramic, alabaster, and rock crystal; and modern sets
created by major artists of the twentieth and twenty-first
centuries, including Man Ray, Marcel Duchamp, Salvador Dali, Max
Ernst, Alexander Calder, Damien Hirst, Jake and Dinos Chapman,
Yayoi Kusama, Paul McCarthy, and Maurizio Cattelan.
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