Josef Hartwig - Design and Design Art New York Thursday, May 24, 2007 | Phillips

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  • Exhibited

    “The Bauhaus Chess Set by Josef Hartwig,” Bauhaus Archiv Museum for Design, Berlin, 2006

  • Literature

    Bauhaus-Archiv, Experiment Bauhaus, Berlin, 1988, pp. 400-401 for a similar example; Magdalena Droste and Bauhaus Archiv, Bauhaus: 1919-1933, Cologne, 1993, p. 94 for a similar example; Magdalena Droste and Peter Hahn, et al., eds., Bauhaus Archive Berlin The collection, Berlin, 1999, p. 90 for a similar example; Jeannine Fiedler and Peter Feierabend, Bauhaus, Cologne, 2000, p. 633 for a similar example; Anne Bobzin and Klaus Weber, The Bauhaus Chess Set by Josef Hartwig, exh. cat., The Bauhaus Archiv Museum of Design, Berlin, 2006, illustrated pp. 21-23

  • Catalogue Essay

    The original Bauhaus chess sets contained chess boards which were plain, litho-printed cardboard bonded onto stronger cardboard to create a simple, flat playing surface. This folding chess board is rare due to the burgundy leather border and is the only known example of its kind.


Rare chess set, model XVI

Cardboard, leather, maple. Produced by Bauhaus Dessau, Germany. Comprising chess board, original box and 32 chess pieces (34).
Box: 2 1/8 x 5 1/8 x 5 1/8 in. (5.4 x 13 x 13 cm); chess board: 17 x 17 x 1/2 in. (43 x 43 x 0.3 cm)

$15,000 - 20,000 

Sold for $18,000

Design and Design Art

24 May 2007
2pm New York