Man Ray Chess Set - Board and Pieces   Free Shipping  

Product Code: MANRAYSET

  • $699.00 USD


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Product Details

Designed in 1920 and recreated by expert craftsmen from Germany and Italy, these pieces are comprised of abstract geometric forms. Philadelphia-born, Brooklyn- raised, Dada-Surrealist artist Man Ray created sets from 1920 till his death in 1976. The pyramid is the Egyptian symbol of kingship and the cone a medieval queen's headgear. The flagon represented the bishops' tradition of creating exotic liqueurs and spirits. The knight is fashioned after the head scroll of a violin and the pawns are as tall as the rooks and almost as volumetrically robust as many of the other pieces that are higher ranked to show the increased importance of pawns in modern chess play.

Very few of these original sets are still available for purchase and when they are, they command prices at auctions of tens to hundreds of thousands of dollars. Man Ray is hailed as one of 20th century's most innovative artists. Son of a Russian immigrant tailor, Man Ray's artwork was far ahead of its time so he lived modestly his whole life. His vision was to design a simple, straightforward, but modern and affordable chess set.

Interesting fact. The knight piece fashioned as the scroll of a violin is sourced uniquely from a violin manufacturer in Italy with the expertise and tooling most suited. It's then joined with the rest of the beech wood set made in Germany and finished to perfection.
The beautifully designed chess board was made to compliment the Man Ray chess pieces. Solid beech wood board measures out at 15.75 inches square and was made under license with the Man Ray trust.
  • King 3.25", base 1.5"
  • Queen 3.25", Bishop 2.75", Knight 2", Rook and Pawn 1.4"
  • 32 solid beech wood pieces
  • Board is veneered beech wood, 17" x 17" x 3/4" with 2 1/8" squares

Customer Reviews

Based on 15 reviews
Perfect experience

My Man Ray chess set was lovingly packaged and shipped promptly. I would definitely shop here again. Thank you!

Devoné Bean
Small Defect, Again

I preordered the Man Ray set on July 2nd after speaking to an associate on the phone who explained they would be getting an order in within the next two weeks. After two weeks I called to follow up on the status of my order and was told another couple of weeks. I had an event approaching that I could not risk not having a set for by then so I ordered the Stack chess set in the meantime and good thing I did, because I didn’t receive my initial order (Man Ray set) until August 17. The Stack chess set that was sent to me was the wrong set which I was unhappy with considering the $400 price tag and aforementioned event I had purchased it for. I was now unprepared as I had to send the set back. I was sent a return label and was then sent a replacement that had a defect and a note that read “$10 less”. At this point I’m in disbelief and began to feel they did not have my order in stock and attempted to get around it by sending me wrong / defected sets in the hopes I wouldn’t notice or mind? (Mind you, I never requested a discount of any sort, I much prefer a quality product over a discounted defected one). But the third delivery was correct, without any defects. Okay, fast forward to August 17 I finally receive my long awaited Man Ray chess set (yay! right? no)……….the board was blemished. However I know they are out of stock again so there is no point in me going through the return processes with them once again. They say you get what you pay for, but I spent well over $1000 with Chess House and experienced less than great service both times. I will chop it up to bad luck because I cannot deny the quality and craftsmanship of my final replacement Stack chess board. I love it dearly! Just the experience I was not thrilled with. My Man Ray set would be returned if they weren’t out of stock, but it is what it is.

branko drazenovic
Objet d'art

Beautiful to look at (a matter of taste), not so good for actually playing, not weighted. Stick with a standard Stanton for play.
Delivered promptly (to Melbourne, Australia), excellent service.

Beautiful to look at.

Chess House is great!! but the product is a tad disappointing- the pieces are not weighted & the felt doesn’t entirely cover the bottom of the larger & square pieces so they topple over with the slightest touch. Beautiful... but not as playable as desired especially considering the price.

Michael Musumeci
Very happy customer

Received the chessboard in just a few days after ordering, and it is as beautiful and of as high-quality as I hoped it would be.

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