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Lot #99. Colphi Figural Chessmen, Made in Italy

$395.00

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Colphi Figural Chessmen, Hand Carved in Italy.

Offered here is a unique,set of Colphi Figural Chessmen, hand-carved and hand-painted wood. The  caricatures in this chess set are individually hand-carved busts representing various colorful local caricatures from the region.  The King stands 3-1/4″ tall. The hand carved pieces are crafted from Alpine Maple. The bases are unweighted and the pieces are felted. The chessmen are in excellent condition and were produced between 1961 and 1984. One Knight from the Black army is missing. These chessmen are 100% made in Italy for those who can appreciate the true value of these magnificent artistic chessmen. The chessmen were produced around 1965.

Colphi Figural Chessmen

Colphi chessmen re 100% made in Italy for those who can appreciate the true value of these magnificent artistic chessmen. They are fully equal in quality chessmen bearing the Anri label made in the mid-20th Century.

The wood art tradition has a long history in Val Gardena, Italy. The tradition of woodcarving dates back to the XVII century, when farmers started producing wood toys and utensils during the long winter season. The peasants than used to sell the items at spring markets. Part of the autonomous region Alto Adige/Southern Tyrol in Italy, the Val Gardena is known for its ancient romantic language, its skiing facilities – and its old tradition of woodcarving. The ANRI company’s chess sets from the 1960s were produced in this region and have gained collectors status, thanks to their unparalleled quality.