Lot #158. Bauhaus Hartwig Abstract Chess Set



Bauhaus Hartwig Abstract Chess Set

Offered here is a reproduction of the famed Bauhaus Hartwig Abstract Chess Set produced in Switzerland by Kurt Naef.  This chessmen design, with clean lines, is typical of timeless Bauhaus style. The King of this set stands approximately 2 inches tall. The natural and black-stained chessmen are housed in a high quality, heavily constructed, double slide-top Maple box. The chess set is new. The chessboard shown is not included in this offering. Products with the Naef logo represent the highest precision and quality in wood processing.

These beautifully geometric chessmen are based on the famous design by Josef Hartwig. Josef Hartwig’s chessmen, designed in 1923, have characteristically simplified shapes which are symbols based purely on the function and form of the powers of each piece. Cubes, cylinders and balls lead you move by move through the learning process.

This Bauhaus replica, produced by Kurt Naef, is a classic in the true sense of the word. An archaic use of forms which these objects project is characteristic the Bauhaus school. Several chess designs came out of the Bauhaus school of modern art in the early 20th century. Best known is this one, with pieces reverted to the most simple possible shapes, creating a transparent relationship between the objects themselves and their functions in the geometrical game of chess.

Fascinating, aesthetic, ingenious. The chessmen possess all these features, yet each one has its own individual character. Apart from the concept behind the design, it is the quality of the workmanship which makes Bauhaus objects so special.