Russia  (Europe)

Russia. The plastic set, listed as 1st, is often said to be of Bakelite, which is not true of course. Even worse is that once it was described as noble kind of natural stone! But I don't know what kind of plastic it is. The pieces are very heavy, not only by the heavy plastic, but also by the metal parts which hold a piece together.

The 2nd plastic set is just an oddity. I do not know what the maker was thinking.

This Gzhel (or Ghzel/Gshel/Gschel/Schgel/...) porcelain chess set, with its typical blue glaze, is one of at least a dozen known different designs. That is not counting the variations we see as well. Juri Garanin did design these sets of which some bear his name. If he did all is uncertain: Gzhel is not a factory or city, it is an area in Russia with a lot of villages and several porcelain manufacturers. We see different marks on the sets. Maybe there are unmarked copies by others as well. We know small, medium and large sets with boards of about 19, 31.5 and 45 cm. The set here is medium and the design is named "Souvenir" and figures are based on stories from history with Russian and Tatar motifs. Under the board a "Gzhel" logo and number 2. What the latter means is not known to me.

359 02
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  • Russia
  • ca. 1980
  • Plastic K 11.0; p 6.7
  • Box/board 47.0×23.5×6.2
407 05
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  • Russia
  • Late 20th century
  • Plastic K 9.0; p 5.1
  • Box/Board 39.8×20.0×5.5
341 02
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  • Russia, Gzhel
  • 1986
  • Porcelain K 7.2; p 4.3
  • Board 31.8×31.3×4.1