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Fabergé Kuropatkin Chess Set, Board and Case

Karl Gustav Hjalmar Armfeldt and Fabergé1905

World Chess Hall of Fame, Saint Louis, Missouri

World Chess Hall of Fame, Saint Louis, Missouri

Studio master Karl Gustav Hjalmar Armfeldt produced this board from squares of greenish Siberian jade and apricot sepentine framed by aventurine quartz. The silver base of the board is decorated with flawlessly sculpted acanthus and laurel leaf patterns and engraved in tribute to the general with the names of twelve or more royals, officers, and other major state figures.

Similar in form to the Rock Crystal Set and Board (1525), also on view in this exhibit, precision turned and polished "bodies" of tawny aventurine quartz and blue-grey kalgon jasper are mounted in silver bases and topped with impeccably sculpted and cast crowns, horses' heads, and caps created from the same silver.

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  • Title: Fabergé Kuropatkin Chess Set, Board and Case
  • Creator: Karl Gustav Hjalmar Armfeldt, Fabergé
  • Date Created: 1905
  • Location Created: Russia
  • Physical Dimensions: Case: 3 ⅛ x 25 ¾ x 19 ¼ in., Board: 25 x 25 x 2 in., King Size: 3 ⅛ in.
  • Provenance: Collection of Dr. George and Vivian Dean
  • Type: Chess set, board and case
  • Rights: ©Dean Collection, Richard Beenen Photography
  • Medium: Jade, jasper, serpentine, aventurine quartz and silver

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