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.
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.
- 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
... the board is actually veneered. The pieces are solid and very nicely turned out.
Man Ray Chess Set - Board and Pieces
This chess set is amazing; it is an Art History class in a box.
Amazing set that is also a work of art. Such a modern classic! Love it.