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Chess Masterpieces
 
 
Author
George Dean & Maxine Brady. Garry Kasparov, intro.
Publisher Abrams  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 12.3 x 10.3 x 0.9 inches
ISBN 9780810949232
Pages/Publication Date 272/2010
Daedalus Item Code 32449
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Seen in hundreds of color photos, the remarkable chess sets that collector George Dean describes here span civilizations, chronicling the game and its design from the development of the earliest known pieces through highly conceptual sets created by modern artists like Salvador Dalí and Damien Hirst. Considering chess through the perspectives of art and history, Dean touches upon the influences of local cultures and available materials, as well as the battles, rulers, and political factions that often inspired thematic sets. Along with classic sets produced by Wedgwood, Meissen, and Murano, the book compares two sets created by Fabergé—only one of which was previously known to exist—and an introduction by chess champion Garry Kasparov.
 
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