Mahogany Sheraton Chess Table

Mahogany Sheraton Chess Table
c. 1790-1810

ERIC PEARSON
1964 - mahogany, satinwood, ebony, ivory, velvet, brass

H 2 1/2 in. | W 2 in. | D 1 7/8 in.
H 6.35 cm | W 5.08 cm | D 4.763 cm 


1997.335
Gift of the Eloise Kruger Charitable Trust

This chess table was commissioned by Eloise Kruger through photographs she supplied to artist Eric Pearson. The table features drop leaves with butterfly hinges and an inlaid satinwood and ebony game board.

The working drawer features a green velvet-lined divided drawer to house the 16 red and 16 white carved ivory chess pieces - the king piece is the tallest standing 5/16 of an inch high.

Eloise Kruger was astonished when she opened the drawer to reveal the tiny chessmen and wrote to Mr. Pearson in a letter dated May 9, 1964, "If I should sneeze or even breathe heavily, I'd spend the next two years on the floor with a magnifying glass looking for the chessmen."