14 September 2005
Man Ray (1890-1976)
inscribed, signed and dated 'The King Set No. 4 Series III Man Ray 1946' (on the bottom of the blond King piece)
32 chess pieces ranging in height from 3¾ to 2 in. (9.5 to 5 cm.)
Conceived in 1946; this set executed during the artist's lifetime
Artie Shaw, Los Angeles (acquired from the artist); estate sale, Los Angeles, 2004.
Acquired at the above sale by the present owner.
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A. Schwarz, Man Ray, The Rigour of Imagination, 1977, New York, p. 217, no. 326 (another version illustrated).
In conversation with the Korean-American artist, whose recent painting The Evolution of Perception will be offered at Christie’s in Hong Kong on 25 November
As this 1,000-year-old Ru tea bowl comes to auction in Hong Kong, we look at the evolution of the grey-green ware from Yue to Yaozhou to Ru