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Chessboard Collection

In the realm of strategy and intellect, the chessboard has witnessed countless historic moments

Background imageChessboard Collection: Oxford and Cambridge Chess Match, 19th century

Oxford and Cambridge Chess Match, 19th century

Background imageChessboard Collection: GERMANY: KULTURKAMPF, 1875. Pope Pius IX moving his game piece, the encyclical Quod nunquam

GERMANY: KULTURKAMPF, 1875. Pope Pius IX moving his game piece, the encyclical Quod nunquam, against Otto von Bismarcks anti-clerical moves on the chessboard of Kulturkampf. German cartoon, 1875

Background imageChessboard Collection: Les Joueurs d echecs (Chess players), 15th century. Creator: Anonymous master

Les Joueurs d echecs (Chess players), 15th century. Creator: Anonymous master
Les Joueurs d echecs (Chess players), 15th century. Found in the collection of Musee national du Moyen Age (Musee de Cluny)

Background imageChessboard Collection: Cats playing with a chessboard. Artist: Goupil and Co

Cats playing with a chessboard. Artist: Goupil and Co
Cats playing with a chessboard

Background imageChessboard Collection: Chess celebrities at the late chess meeting, 1855

Chess celebrities at the late chess meeting, 1855. Herr Lowenthal, M De Riviere, Mr Wyvill, MP, Herr Falkbeer, Mr Staunton, Lord Lyttelton, Captain Kennedy

Chess set, Augsburg, c.1705-09 (silver inlay, tortoiseshell veneer, ivory & ebonised wood)
8812066 Chess set, Augsburg, c.1705-09 (silver inlay, tortoiseshell veneer, ivory & ebonised wood) by German School, (18th century); board: 56.5x56.5x11.5 cm; Private Collection; (add.info)

Chess set, Augsburg, c.1705-09 (silver inlay, tortoiseshell veneer, ivory & ebonised wood)
8812077 Chess set, Augsburg, c.1705-09 (silver inlay, tortoiseshell veneer, ivory & ebonised wood) by German School, (18th century); board: 56.5x56.5x11.5 cm; Private Collection; (add.info)

Chess set, Augsburg, c.1705-09 (silver inlay, tortoiseshell veneer, ivory & ebonised wood)
8812068 Chess set, Augsburg, c.1705-09 (silver inlay, tortoiseshell veneer, ivory & ebonised wood) by German School, (18th century); board: 56.5x56.5x11.5 cm; Private Collection; (add.info)

Chess set, Augsburg, c.1705-09 (silver inlay, tortoiseshell veneer, ivory & ebonised wood)
8812079 Chess set, Augsburg, c.1705-09 (silver inlay, tortoiseshell veneer, ivory & ebonised wood) by German School, (18th century); board: 56.5x56.5x11.5 cm; Private Collection; (add.info)

Oxford University chess team (b/w photo)
8631552 Oxford University chess team (b/w photo) by English photographer, (19th century) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: Oxford University chess team. Illustration from Black and White)

Paul Morphy, American chess master (engraving)
8676665 Paul Morphy, American chess master (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Paul Morphy (1837-1884), American chess master

Paul Morphy playing eight games of chess blindfolded, Cafe de la Regence, Paris (engraving)
8676595 Paul Morphy playing eight games of chess blindfolded, Cafe de la Regence, Paris (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info)

A Game at Chess, nd (litho)
8667577 A Game at Chess, nd (litho) by English School, (17th century) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: A Game at Chess, nd)

Chess set, Augsburg, c.1705-09 (silver inlay, tortoiseshell veneer, ivory & ebonised wood)
8812075 Chess set, Augsburg, c.1705-09 (silver inlay, tortoiseshell veneer, ivory & ebonised wood) by German School, (18th century); board: 56.5x56.5x11.5 cm; Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageChessboard Collection: Chess set, Augsburg, c.1705-09 (silver inlay, tortoiseshell veneer, ivory & ebonised wood)

Chess set, Augsburg, c.1705-09 (silver inlay, tortoiseshell veneer, ivory & ebonised wood)
8812084 Chess set, Augsburg, c.1705-09 (silver inlay, tortoiseshell veneer, ivory & ebonised wood) by German School, (18th century); board: 56.5x56.5x11.5 cm; Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageChessboard Collection: Paul Morphy, American chess master (engraving)

Paul Morphy, American chess master (engraving)
8676974 Paul Morphy, American chess master (engraving) by Pound, Daniel John. (fl.1860); Private Collection; (add.info.: Paul Morphy (1837-1884), American chess master

Background imageChessboard Collection: Chess (litho)

Chess (litho)
8645048 Chess (litho) by Moreland, Arthur (1876-1951); Private Collection; (add.info.: Chess. Illustration for The Comic History of Sport by Arthur Moreland (T Werner Laurie)

Background imageChessboard Collection: Chess set, Augsburg, c.1705-09 (silver inlay, tortoiseshell veneer, ivory & ebonised wood)

Chess set, Augsburg, c.1705-09 (silver inlay, tortoiseshell veneer, ivory & ebonised wood)
8812065 Chess set, Augsburg, c.1705-09 (silver inlay, tortoiseshell veneer, ivory & ebonised wood) by German School, (18th century); board: 56.5x56.5x11.5 cm; Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageChessboard Collection: Chess set, Augsburg, c.1705-09 (silver inlay, tortoiseshell veneer, ivory & ebonised wood)

Chess set, Augsburg, c.1705-09 (silver inlay, tortoiseshell veneer, ivory & ebonised wood)
8812064 Chess set, Augsburg, c.1705-09 (silver inlay, tortoiseshell veneer, ivory & ebonised wood) by German School, (18th century); board: 56.5x56.5x11.5 cm; Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageChessboard Collection: Nature morte au griffon (Still Life with Griffin), 1936 (painting)

Nature morte au griffon (Still Life with Griffin), 1936 (painting)
7332982 Nature morte au griffon (Still Life with Griffin), 1936 (painting) by Brusselmans, Jean (1884-1953); Mu.Zee, Ostend, Belgium; (add.info.: Jean Brusselmans (1884-1953)

Background imageChessboard Collection: ChessMate

ChessMate
Nick Amanda

Background imageChessboard Collection: Trade card for C Goodall & Son, London, 1877 (chromolitho)

Trade card for C Goodall & Son, London, 1877 (chromolitho)
8677469 Trade card for C Goodall & Son, London, 1877 (chromolitho) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Trade card for C Goodall & Son, London)

Background imageChessboard Collection: Chess (litho)

Chess (litho)
8645046 Chess (litho) by Moreland, Arthur (1876-1951); Private Collection; (add.info.: Chess. Illustration for The Comic History of Sport by Arthur Moreland (T Werner Laurie)

Background imageChessboard Collection: Chess set, Augsburg, c.1705-09 (silver inlay, tortoiseshell veneer, ivory & ebonised wood)

Chess set, Augsburg, c.1705-09 (silver inlay, tortoiseshell veneer, ivory & ebonised wood)
8812076 Chess set, Augsburg, c.1705-09 (silver inlay, tortoiseshell veneer, ivory & ebonised wood) by German School, (18th century); board: 56.5x56.5x11.5 cm; Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageChessboard Collection: Chess set, Augsburg, c.1705-09 (silver inlay, tortoiseshell veneer, ivory & ebonised wood)

Chess set, Augsburg, c.1705-09 (silver inlay, tortoiseshell veneer, ivory & ebonised wood)
8812074 Chess set, Augsburg, c.1705-09 (silver inlay, tortoiseshell veneer, ivory & ebonised wood) by German School, (18th century); board: 56.5x56.5x11.5 cm; Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageChessboard Collection: Chess set, Augsburg, c.1705-09 (silver inlay, tortoiseshell veneer, ivory & ebonised wood)

Chess set, Augsburg, c.1705-09 (silver inlay, tortoiseshell veneer, ivory & ebonised wood)
8812073 Chess set, Augsburg, c.1705-09 (silver inlay, tortoiseshell veneer, ivory & ebonised wood) by German School, (18th century); board: 56.5x56.5x11.5 cm; Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageChessboard Collection: Chess set, Augsburg, c.1705-09 (silver inlay, tortoiseshell veneer, ivory & ebonised wood)

Chess set, Augsburg, c.1705-09 (silver inlay, tortoiseshell veneer, ivory & ebonised wood)
8812086 Chess set, Augsburg, c.1705-09 (silver inlay, tortoiseshell veneer, ivory & ebonised wood) by German School, (18th century); board: 56.5x56.5x11.5 cm; Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageChessboard Collection: Chess set, Augsburg, c.1705-09 (silver inlay, tortoiseshell veneer, ivory & ebonised wood)

Chess set, Augsburg, c.1705-09 (silver inlay, tortoiseshell veneer, ivory & ebonised wood)
8812083 Chess set, Augsburg, c.1705-09 (silver inlay, tortoiseshell veneer, ivory & ebonised wood) by German School, (18th century); board: 56.5x56.5x11.5 cm; Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageChessboard Collection: Chess set, Augsburg, c.1705-09 (silver inlay, tortoiseshell veneer, ivory & ebonised wood)

Chess set, Augsburg, c.1705-09 (silver inlay, tortoiseshell veneer, ivory & ebonised wood)
8812080 Chess set, Augsburg, c.1705-09 (silver inlay, tortoiseshell veneer, ivory & ebonised wood) by German School, (18th century); board: 56.5x56.5x11.5 cm; Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageChessboard Collection: Chess set, Augsburg, c.1705-09 (silver inlay, tortoiseshell veneer, ivory & ebonised wood)

Chess set, Augsburg, c.1705-09 (silver inlay, tortoiseshell veneer, ivory & ebonised wood)
8812078 Chess set, Augsburg, c.1705-09 (silver inlay, tortoiseshell veneer, ivory & ebonised wood) by German School, (18th century); board: 56.5x56.5x11.5 cm; Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageChessboard Collection: Modern Chess (litho)

Modern Chess (litho)
8645047 Modern Chess (litho) by Moreland, Arthur (1876-1951); Private Collection; (add.info.: Modern Chess. Illustration for The Comic History of Sport by Arthur Moreland (T Werner Laurie)

Background imageChessboard Collection: The Game of the Chess (colour litho)

The Game of the Chess (colour litho)
8673892 The Game of the Chess (colour litho) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: The Game of the Chess)

Background imageChessboard Collection: Chess set, Augsburg, c.1705-09 (silver inlay, tortoiseshell veneer, ivory & ebonised wood)

Chess set, Augsburg, c.1705-09 (silver inlay, tortoiseshell veneer, ivory & ebonised wood)
8812072 Chess set, Augsburg, c.1705-09 (silver inlay, tortoiseshell veneer, ivory & ebonised wood) by German School, (18th century); board: 56.5x56.5x11.5 cm; Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageChessboard Collection: Chess set, Augsburg, c.1705-09 (silver inlay, tortoiseshell veneer, ivory & ebonised wood)

Chess set, Augsburg, c.1705-09 (silver inlay, tortoiseshell veneer, ivory & ebonised wood)
8812071 Chess set, Augsburg, c.1705-09 (silver inlay, tortoiseshell veneer, ivory & ebonised wood) by German School, (18th century); board: 56.5x56.5x11.5 cm; Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageChessboard Collection: Chess set, Augsburg, c.1705-09 (silver inlay, tortoiseshell veneer, ivory & ebonised wood)

Chess set, Augsburg, c.1705-09 (silver inlay, tortoiseshell veneer, ivory & ebonised wood)
8812070 Chess set, Augsburg, c.1705-09 (silver inlay, tortoiseshell veneer, ivory & ebonised wood) by German School, (18th century); board: 56.5x56.5x11.5 cm; Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageChessboard Collection: Chess set, Augsburg, c.1705-09 (silver inlay, tortoiseshell veneer, ivory & ebonised wood)

Chess set, Augsburg, c.1705-09 (silver inlay, tortoiseshell veneer, ivory & ebonised wood)
8812067 Chess set, Augsburg, c.1705-09 (silver inlay, tortoiseshell veneer, ivory & ebonised wood) by German School, (18th century); board: 56.5x56.5x11.5 cm; Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageChessboard Collection: The famous game of Chess, depicted in an English, printed pamphlet of 1614

The famous game of Chess, depicted in an English, printed pamphlet of 1614
3329587 The famous game of Chess, depicted in an English, printed pamphlet of 1614; (add.info.: The famous game of Chess, depicted in an English)

Background imageChessboard Collection: 'Some recipes to make our own paintings of Marie Laurencin, Picasso, Utrillo'

'Some recipes to make our own paintings of Marie Laurencin, Picasso, Utrillo'
CHT382432 'Some recipes to make our own paintings of Marie Laurencin, Picasso, Utrillo', caricature on Modern Art from 'L'Amour de l'art', Paris, 1925 (engraving) by Guilac

Background imageChessboard Collection: Brook, Broom, Brush, Build, Burst, Carve, Catch, Chain, Chair, Chase, Chess, Chest (engraving)

Brook, Broom, Brush, Build, Burst, Carve, Catch, Chain, Chair, Chase, Chess, Chest (engraving)
8651537 Brook, Broom, Brush, Build, Burst, Carve, Catch, Chain, Chair, Chase, Chess, Chest (engraving) by German School, (19th century) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: Brook, Broom, Brush)

Background imageChessboard Collection: Cambridge University chess team (b/w photo)

Cambridge University chess team (b/w photo)
8631550 Cambridge University chess team (b/w photo) by English photographer, (19th century) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: Cambridge University chess team)

Background imageChessboard Collection: Page from Gamage's General Catalogue (96th edition), c.1927 (litho)

Page from Gamage's General Catalogue (96th edition), c.1927 (litho)
8669853 Page from Gamage's General Catalogue (96th edition), c.1927 (litho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageChessboard Collection: A Game at Chess, nd (litho)

A Game at Chess, nd (litho)
8667865 A Game at Chess, nd (litho) by English School, (17th century) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: A Game at Chess, nd)

Background imageChessboard Collection: Chess set, Augsburg, c.1705-09 (silver inlay, tortoiseshell veneer, ivory & ebonised wood)

Chess set, Augsburg, c.1705-09 (silver inlay, tortoiseshell veneer, ivory & ebonised wood)
8812082 Chess set, Augsburg, c.1705-09 (silver inlay, tortoiseshell veneer, ivory & ebonised wood) by German School, (18th century); board: 56.5x56.5x11.5 cm; Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageChessboard Collection: Chess set, Augsburg, c.1705-09 (silver inlay, tortoiseshell veneer, ivory & ebonised wood)

Chess set, Augsburg, c.1705-09 (silver inlay, tortoiseshell veneer, ivory & ebonised wood)
8812085 Chess set, Augsburg, c.1705-09 (silver inlay, tortoiseshell veneer, ivory & ebonised wood) by German School, (18th century); board: 56.5x56.5x11.5 cm; Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageChessboard Collection: Fly on the Set

Fly on the Set
Mister Solo

Background imageChessboard Collection: Relics from the Buried City of Brahmunabad, in Sind - Chessmen, Portion of Chess-board... 1857

Relics from the Buried City of Brahmunabad, in Sind - Chessmen, Portion of Chess-board... 1857. Creator: Unknown
Relics from the Buried City of Brahmunabad, in Sind - Chessmen, Portion of Chess-board, Dice, etc, 1857. 8th- or 9th-century objects excavated at his own expense by Mr. A. F

Background imageChessboard Collection: Chess players, 1886. Creator: Wentzel, Gustav (1859-1927)

Chess players, 1886. Creator: Wentzel, Gustav (1859-1927)
Chess players, 1886. Found in the Collection of the Nasjonalmuseet for Kunst, Arkitektur og Design, Oslo

Background imageChessboard Collection: Chess players, 1886. Creator: Wentzel, Gustav (1859-1927)

Chess players, 1886. Creator: Wentzel, Gustav (1859-1927)
Chess players, 1886. Found in the Collection of the Nasjonalmuseet for Kunst, Arkitektur og Design, Oslo



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In the realm of strategy and intellect, the chessboard has witnessed countless historic moments. One such event took place in Germany during the Kulturkampf of 1875, where Pope Pius IX made a calculated move with his encyclical Quod nunquam. Meanwhile, cats playfully pounce on a chessboard in an artistic portrayal by Goupil and Co. , showcasing their innate curiosity. The intellectual prowess displayed at the Oxford and Cambridge Chess Match in the 19th century was nothing short of remarkable. Chess celebrities gathered for late-night meetings in 1855, engaging in intense battles of wit and skill that captivated spectators. Amidst an army inspection, generals strategize like grandmasters on a checkerboard wall mural, symbolizing their tactical acumen. A checkerboard adorned with gold hummingbirds adds elegance to this ancient game's visual appeal. A black horse stands tall as it guards its territory on the chequered battlefield—a testament to strength and resilience. In Santa Catalina Park, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, men gather under palm trees to engage in friendly matches against nature's backdrop. Liberale da Verona's masterpiece "The Chess Players" transports us back to ca. 1475 when knights battled across checkered squares amidst medieval splendor. The Cafe de la Regence hosted a prestigious chess tournament captured by Le Monde Illustre in 1874—an event that showcased both talent and camaraderie among competitors. Lastly, Charlemagne's exquisite chess set from the 14th century resides within Ron Museum—a reminder of how this timeless game transcends generations while preserving history itself. From political maneuvering to feline frolics; from academic rivalries to military simulations; from ornate decorations to cultural gatherings—the chessboard remains an enduring symbol of strategic brilliance throughout time.