This is a wonderful antique Italian malachite and carrara marble chess board with complete chess pieces, circa 1920 in date.
The board is of square form with a malachite border thin inlaid brass stringing around the chess board and pieces of malachite and carrara marble.
Add this lovely set to your collection.
In excellent condition, one of the bishosps has been slightly rdeuced in size, please see photos for confirmation.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 1.5 x Width 23.5 x Depth 23.5 – Chess board
Dimensions in inches:
Height 1 inch x Width 9 inches x Depth 9 inches – Chess board
Malachite is an opaque, green banded mineral. It is believed to be a strong protector of children. It protects the wearer from accidents and protects travellers. Malachite has been used to aid success in business and protect against undesirable business associations. It is a stone of balance in relationships.
Malachite is always green, usually in banded tones varying from very dark green to a mellow green. Most malachite comes from Zaire, Chile and Australia.
Ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans used malachite for jewellery and ground it to use as eye shadow. It is used in amulets to protect against the evil eye. In the Middle Ages it was used to protect children from witches and other dangers.
Carrara marble, sometimes spelled Carrera marble, is a type of white or blue-grey marble popular for use in sculpture and building decor. It is quarried at the city of Carrara in the province of Massa-Carrara (Tuscany, Italy).
Carrara marble has been used since the time of Ancient Rome; the Pantheon and Trajan’s Column in Rome are constructed of it. Many sculptures of the Renaissance, such as Michelangelo’s David, were carved from Carrara marble. For Michelangelo at least, Carrara marble was valued above all other stone, except perhaps that of his own quarry in Pietrasanta. The Marble Arch in London and the Duomo di Siena are also made from this stone, as are the interiors of Manila Cathedral, the cold-white marbles of the Sheikh Zayed Mosque and the campus of Harvard Medical School.
Our reference: A2752