GANGUT chess set

The Great Northern War of Russia and Sweden which lasted 21 years (1700-1721) was one of the most important events during the reign of Peter the Great (1689-1725).

The 1714 battle at Cape Gangut in the Baltic Sea was the first naval victory in this war.

Having extraordinary abilities not only in politics, military art, but also succeeding in handicrafts, Peter was very fond of the turner's craft to which he devoted much time and effort. The Tsar's turnery was the best one in Europe at the time.

Having won the battle at Cape Gangut, the Tsar ordered A.K.Nartov, the court turner and mechanic, to cast from bronze, and then turn from ivory on copying lathes the medal "What cannot be is" reflecting the process of the battle.

Gangut chess set is not only designed to glorify the triumph of the Russian weaponry, but also logically continues nowadays the work of the tsar's turnery.

Tsytin Grigory, a Saint Petersburg craftsman, has mastered anew the unique techniques of artistic finishing of valuable types of wood, amber, mammoth tusk. Not only did he reconstruct one of the medal-turning lathes of the past, but also used the secrets of old craftsmen in the represented work. Thus, for instance, all supports for pieces - made of mammoth tusk - are fashioned following the same technique as 300 years ago, on a specially designed lathe. The pieces are made of mammoth tusk, ebony, and bamboo in the scale of 1:600. They are replicas of the vessels of that time which took part in the famous battle. The chessboard is made of oak, mahogany, mammoth tusk and shows in its form the pattern of the battle.

And the center of the board is crowned by the prototype of the medal "What cannot be is" framed in oak.

GANGUT chess set is devoted to the third centenary of the founding of Saint Petersburg.

The cost of chess: $32'000
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