Chess set


Johann Joachim Kändler, Johann Friedrich Eberlein, Johann Gottlieb Ehder

Meissen Porcelain Factory, c. 1740/1750

Hard-paste porcelain

W. 33.1 cm

Assigned from the Royal Collections of the House of Wittelsbach in 1858

Inv. No. R 5621 - R 5653

Gallery 90

Ceramics, Porcelain, Games and Toys

Baroque and Rococo


This precious chess set made of Meissen porcelain was obtained from the Munich Residenz and was either used at the electoral court or presented decoratively. The centre of the chessboard is decorated using vibrant colours and designs to make it a appear like textile. The squares for the initial position of the pieces are decorated with exceptionally fine painting of oriental figures according to the model variant 'Turks against Blackamoors'. However, the board does not have the matching pieces and is instead paired with pieces from another popular set with column shaped figures. The chess pieces here are painted - green and purple - in the colours of the board. Chess sets made of delicate porcelain were already produced in the early days of the Meissen Factory from 1717 onwards.

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