When I was 4 years old, I stumbled through a chess set my father owned. I was so intrigued by the unique shapes of the chess pieces. This was how I got started in chess and the rest is history. This passion for the uniqueness of chess pieces never went away. I am honored to be invited by Dr. George Dean to visit his home to see his amazing collection of chess sets. This world class DVD by Dr. George Dean is about the Art and History of some of the greatest chess sets in the world. The video itself is an amazing piece of work. I encourage all of you to check it out. 

Chess Masterworks

A unique look at 25 of the world’s most prized chess sets, including historic details about each set, all from the world-renowned private collection of Dr. George and Vivian Dean. 

Product Description: A one-of-a-kind DVD featuring exquisitely filmed mini-documentaries of 25 of the world’s greatest chess sets––including the Russian masterpiece made by Faberge, said to be the world’s most valuable set. Also included are sets by Dadaist artist Man Ray; the Salvador Dali “Fingers” set; an amber set believed to have been fashioned in the workshop of Catherine the Great; a Murano glass set; a Meissen porcelain set; a complete set from the 16th Century, and many more. 

Discussing the art value and political history of the sets are Susan Polgar, the world’s first female Grandmaster; Sarah Coffin, Curator of the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum; Graham Beal, Director of the Detroit Institute of Arts; and the collectors themselves, Dr. George and Vivian Dean.

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