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Creating a Stage: The Collection of Marsha and Robin Williams

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[Chess Set] — Doug Anderson
HOLLYWOOD "ACTORS VS. PRODUCERS" CHESS SET 
Tile board set on wooden table (table height: 36 1/4 in.; 92 cm, width: 31 in.; 78.8 cm square — board: 26 3/8 in.; 66.7 cm square). 32 hand-painted porcelain figures, tile board with star motif, center square of which signed by the artist and numbered "8/25",  fitted Plexiglas topper.  
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Catalogue Note

The Hollywood-themed chess set features 16 "actor" pieces, and 16 "producer" pieces, each playfully executed.  The figures include: Towering Inferno (rook), Captain Hook (knight), Moses (bishop), Flying Nun (bishop), Frankenstein (knight), King Kong (rook), Hollywood sign (rook), makeup artist (knight), Alfred Hitchcock (bishop), Knight-Hair stylist, Marilyn Monroe (queen), and Jaws (pawn), among others.

The game of chess has featured throughout Williams's oeuvre. In Mork and Mindy (ABC, 1978-1982), Mork, played by Williams, engages in more than one pensive game of chess.  In Aladdin (Disney, 1992), Genie, voiced by Williams, is seen playing chess with en enchanted carpet, and remarks: "I can't believe it. I'm losing to a rug."  In Man of the Year (Universal Studios, 2006), Tom Dobbs (Robin Williams), engages in a chess match with his manager, Jack Menken (Christopher Walken). Most poignantly, in What Dreams May Come (PolyGram, 1998), it is also the game Chris Nielsen (Williams) plays with his daughter Marie, and asks her about it in the afterlife. 

Creating a Stage: The Collection of Marsha and Robin Williams

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New York