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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Baccarat Marks 250th Anniversary with Crystal Chess Set

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Baccarat - the French crystal house - is making a limited-edition crystal chess set on the occasion of their 250th anniversary. The design has been developed in collaboration with Japanese design studio Nendo.
Since being founded in 1764, Baccarat has gone on to become one of the world's most famous luxury crystal design houses. Japanese design studio Nendo was founded in 1997 by Oki Sato and the company is well known for collaborations with design giants such as Cappellini, Cartier, Fritz Hansen and Armani.

The Harcourt Chessgame features hand-cut figures shaped in the form of the king's crown, the hem of the queen's robes and the bishop's miter, and only 50 sets have been produced in total. The pieces were inspired by Baccarat's Harcourt drinking glass design known for its distinctive stem shape, states a news report.

The pieces are made from clear and midnight-blue crystal. The Baccarat House signature color red is represented via a ruby square placed at the base of the chessboard.

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