Height (each king): 3 5/8 in. (9.2 cm);
Height (each bishop): 5 1/4 in. (13.3 cm)
Gift of Gustavus A. Pfeiffer, 1948
48.174.169a–p, aa–pp, q
Not on view
The pieces on the buff side are portraits of the military leaders on the German side in the first World War; the black side represents the opposing Allied leaders. The pawns are fighting men in various uniforms. The set was evidently made after the entry of America into the war in 1917. Max Nicolaus Niemeier (b. 1876) was a portraitist of the German school. A board of inlaid wood is en suite with the set.
the artist, Max Nicholas Niemeier (through Victor Fliegelman, sold to Pfeiffer) ; Gustavus A. Pfeiffer , New York (until 1948; to MMA)
Artist: Royal Porcelain Manufactory, Berlin (German, founded 1763)Date: ca. 1833–34Medium: Hard-paste porcelain, gilded bronze, and yellow metal; iron and wood as support materialsAccession: 2000.189On view in:Gallery 553