Friday, May 1, 2009

Unique Chess Set at Bonham's June 1, 2009 Auction

This is one of those "gasp" chess sets - absolutely gorgeous. Information from Bonham's website (additional photos of pieces, too): Sale 17502 - Natural History, 1 Jun 2009 New York Lot No: 1234W Carved Ruby, Lapis and Opal Chess Set of Marine Life Designed by Gemologist and Jewelry Designer Sylvia QuispeIdar-Oberstein, Germany The imagination of the artist is seen in the design of this one-of-a-kind lapidary chess set—sure to attract either the chess aficionado or lapidary enthusiast. The creatures are carved of Tanzanian ruby and lapis lazuli from Afghanistan, Peruvian pink opal, Brazilian rock crystal quartz, highlighted with faceted rubies and sapphires from Burma and accents of 18K yellow gold. The chessboard is illuminated from beneath the squares of rock crystal and black obsidian, set into an ebony hardwood frame. Chess Board Measures 28in x 28in x 5in; Largest piece measures 6 1/2in. Estimate: $90,000 - 110,000

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