This nearly complete chess set is one of the earliest extant examples in the world. "Arte islamico del Museo Metropolitano de Arte de Nueva York," September 30, 1994–January 8, 1995, no.
The pieces are abstract forms: the shah (king) is represented as a throne; the vizier (the equivalent of the queen) is a smaller throne; the elephant (bishop) has two tusklike protrusions; the horse (knight) has a triangular knob representing its head; the chariot (rook) is rectangular with a wedge at the top; and the pawns are faceted hemispheres with knobs.
An important question for the collector/researcher is: how can antique chess sets be accurately dated?
There are several methods that can be used to “triangulate” valid date ranges for different types of sets.
By posting Content to any public area of Chess Dating, you automatically grant, and you represent and warrant that you have the right to grant, to Chess Dating, and other Chess Dating Members, an irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive, fully-paid, worldwide license to use, copy, perform, display, and distribute such information and content and to prepare derivative works of, or incorporate into other works, such information and content, and to grant and authorize sublicenses of the foregoing.Another recounts how the game was introduced to Iran: the ruler of India sent a set of chess pieces with an envoy as a challenge, declaring that his continued payment of tribute depended on the ability of the Iranian king to decode the point of the game. While these legends underscore the courtly roots of chess, other sources demonstrate that the game gained popularity at all levels of society in the medieval Islamic world.This is one of the earliest extant chess sets, and it is nearly complete. The pieces are molded of stonepaste and finished by hand. On the use of manganese in glaze, see Watson 2004, p. They correlate to the type that Anna Contadini terms "Style A," most examples of which date to the eleventh to thirteenth centuries (Contadini, Anna. Seventeen of them are coated with the turquoise glaze frequently employed in monochrome-glazed ceramics of Seljuq Iran; the other fifteen pieces are glazed with manganese. The individual pieces are highly abstracted versions of the figures to which they refer. The shah (king) is represented as a large throne and the firzan or vizier (in European chess, the queen) as a smaller throne. For a more cross-cultural perspective, see Wilkinson, Charles K. Thermoluminescence testing carried out by the Research Laboratory for Archaeology and the History of Art at Oxford University on two pieces of this set determined that they were manufactured some time between ca. 1530 (curatorial files, Metropolitan Museum, Department of Islamic Art). "Islamic Ivory Chess Pieces, Draughtsmen and Dice." In Islamic Art in the Ashmolean Museum, Part 1, edited by James [W.] Allen, pp. The painting, from 1769, depicts Sir William Earl Welby, a British landowner, baronet, and member of Parliament, with his wife, Penelope.The portrait is highlighted by a chess set on the table.Chess Dating may terminate your access to the Site.Chess Dating may terminate your membership for any reason effective upon sending notice to you at the email address you provide in your application for membership or such other email address as you may later provide to Chess Dating.This column examines one effective and highly interesting method – by finding dated, documented resources, such as books, magazines, prints, and artwork that include pictorial representations of chess sets.A typical example of this dating method is shown in a painting by renowned English artist Francis Cotes (1726-1770).A Jaques Staunton set should be in the right case for its period and style and with the right label.The absence of the right case will lower its value by a factor of 2 or much more, depending on the rarity of the set or whether it is just to be used for playing.