Max Esser (1885-1945) trained as a sculptor and designed for Meissen between 1920 and 1926. COMPARATIVE LITERATURE
A similar lot was sold at Phillips, Bond Street, The Ernst Boehlen Chess Collection, 9th November 1998, lot 91. Sotheby's New York, The Harbeson Chess Collection, 4-5th October 1979, lot 484.
Colleen Schafroth, Sculptures in Miniature: Chess Sets from the Maryhill Museum of Art, 1990 Maryhill Museum of Art, page 47.