Lapidary and Bone-carving Art Items

Marine life chess set 

    Marine life chess set 

    Germany, Idar-Oberstain

    The 20th century

    Sylvia Quispe

    Mahogany, ebony, gold, ruby, opal, lapis lazuli, obsidian, quartz; сarving, polishing

    Tallest playing piece (the King) 15.8 cm; boxes 69.5 x 43.8 x 15.8 cm, playing board 71 x 71 x 12.7 cm


    The Marine Life Chess set pieces are designed by gemologist and jewelry designer Sylvia Quispe. The chess pieces in the shape of sea creatures are carved from rich purple Tanzanian ruby and royal Afghan lapis lazuli. The ruby figures are mounted on pink opal shells and starfish, while the lapis lazuli figures are mounted on shells carved from quartz. The King and Queen on each side are depicted as turtles with clear quartz head and paws, each of the thirty-two pieces decorated with gold elements. The game board, in the form of alternating squares of quartz and black obsidian and edged with ebony, is mounted on a stand lined with zebrano veneer.