Cahiers d’Art, in collaboration with the Calder Foundation, has designed an exacting facsimile of one of three chess sets made by Alexander Calder in the early 1940s.
This particular set from around 1944 was created around the landmark exhibition The Imagery of Chess: A Group Exhibition of Paintings, Sculpture, Newly Designed Chessmen, Music, and Miscellany, which was organized by Marcel Duchamp, Max Ernst, and Julien Levy, and held at Levy’s New York gallery in December of that year. Duchamp, a seasoned chess master, was a good friend of Calder’s; it was Duchamp who named Calder’s kinetic sculptures “mobiles” during a studio visit in 1931.
This facsimile has been recreated using 3D technology to capture the varied shape, texture, and weight of the original wooden set.
The item is available for order online on a made-to-order basis for a price of 3,500 USD. Given the nature of this product, this facsimile is only available in one size and color.
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