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Chess Set

Designed by Max Ernst, American (born Germany), 1891 - 1976

Date:
Designed 1944

Medium:
Stained boxwood

Dimensions:
King: 4 1/2 x 2 1/8 inches (11.4 x 5.4 cm) Queen: 5 x 2 1/16 inches (12.7 x 5.2 cm) Knight: 3 5/8 x 2 3/8 x 1 15/16 inches (9.2 x 6 x 4.9 cm) Bishop: 3 7/8 x 1 7/8 inches (9.8 x 4.8 cm) Rook: 2 3/8 x 2 5/16 inches (6 x 5.9 cm) Pawn: 1 7/8 x 2 inches (4.8 x 5.1 cm)

Copyright:
© Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

Curatorial Department:
European Decorative Arts and Sculpture

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:
1964-91-35(1--32)

Credit Line:
Gift of John F. Harbeson, 1964

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Label:
Painter and sculptor Max Ernst designed this set for The Imagery of Chess exhibition at the Julien Levy Gallery in New York in 1944–45. It is distinctive in that the queen, by far the most important piece in the game, tops the king in height; traditionally the king is the tallest piece.