Game Board, between 1440 and 1470

  • German

Bone and walnut on wood core with metal hinges and traces of polychromy

  • Overall: 9 3/4 × 10 7/8 × 1/2 inches (24.8 × 27.6 × 1.3 cm)

Gift of Mrs. William Clay


On View

  • British Decorative Arts
  • British Decorative Arts


European Sculpture and Dec Arts

by 1922 Count Johann Nepomuk Wilczek [1837–1922], Castle Kreuzenstein (Leobendorf, Austria)

by 1940, (Silberman Galleries, New York, New York, USA)

1941–Present, museum purchase, Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)

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German, Game Board, between 1440 and 1470, bone and walnut on wood core with metal hinges and traces of polychromy. Detroit Institute of Arts, Gift of Mrs. William Clay, 41.2.