Lot #898. Hollis Jones Lucite Chess Set.


Offered here is a Hollis Jones Lucite Chess Set. The chess pieces are crafted from clear and smoked Lucite. The King stands 4″ tall with a 1-0″ square base. The Clear Lucite chessboard shown is included. Mid-1970s, Excellent condition.


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Hollis Jones Lucite Chess Set.

Offered here is a Cubist-style Hollis Jones Lucite Chess Set. The chess pieces are crafted from blocks of clear and smokes Lucite. The King stands 4″ tall by 1-0″. Clear and black-squared Lucite chessboard included. These stunning abstract chess pieces were designed by the Lucite master, Charles Hollis Jones. The set is from the mid-1970s and is in like new condition.


The following is excerpted from Wikipedia. Charles Hollis Jones was born in Bloomington, Indiana in 1945. He moved to Los Angeles, California at the age of 16 and founded CHJ Designs. At the time, acrylic and plastic were not commonly used as a material for upscale furniture and art, but Jones began creating pieces for showrooms, such as Hudson-Rissman.

His work was well received. Frank Sinatra, Lucille Ball and Johnny Carson were among some of the first to commission Jones to design pieces for their homes. An aging Tennessee Williams commissioned Jones to design a writing chair: The result was the Wisteria chair.

In the 1970s, Jones crafted his award-winning Edison Lamp. Using original Thomas Edison light bulbs, Jones created a lamp with steel and Lucite to show the inner workings of Edison’s original technology. It won him the California Design 11 Competition and special recognition from the German government.

His work has been featured in a number of museums, including the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, California, and The Los Angeles Times has referred to him as a “pioneer in acrylic design.” He designs awards, including the sculpture for the 2008 Golden Heart Award held at the Beverly Hills Hotel to honor Clancy Imislund for his contributions to the Midnight Mission. For more on Jones and his life, click here.


Additional information

Weight7 lbs
Dimensions20 × 20 × 8 in

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