An image of Australia -v- England chess set

Peter Kingston

(Australia 08 May 1943 – )

Australia -v- England chess set

Location
Not on display
Further information

"The chess set evolved from conversations with friends ... all the pieces are popular characters I admire. I didn't set out to make a joke of the Royal Family, but they are ideal humorous figures".
Peter Kingston, 1981

Created between 1976 and 1978, then revised and updated in 1981 to commemorate the royal wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer, 'England -v- Australia chess set' features a menagerie of characters representing the Colonial and the colonized. Cuddlepie and the corgi, the Queen Mother and the Opera Diva Dame Joan, each figure is carved meticulously from Oregon and lovingly hand painted in enamel.

The pieces cavort across a table flanked on four sides by the laughing, benevolent face which graces Sydney's Luna Park.

Throughout the ensuing decades, Kingston has continued to produce chess sets, creating 'New York chess set' and 'Art lovers chess set' in the 1980s, and more recently, in a tribute to his beloved funfair, he produced 'Luna Park chess set' in 1995.

Year
1976-1978
reworked 1981
reworked 1985
reworked 2008
Media
Sculpture
Medium
carved wood table with 34 wooden chess pieces, synthetic polymer paint on carved Oregon wood
Dimensions
93.0 x 101.7 x 101.5 cm overall dimensions :
a - Luna Park chess table; 54.8 x 101.7 x 101.5 cm; Located inside Drawer [part b]
b - Luna Park chess table: Drawer A; 10.5 x 65.7 x 44 cm; Located inside Drawer [part c]
c - Luna Park chess table: Drawer B; 10.9 x 65.7 x 43.8 cm
d - AUSTRALIA - ROOK 1: Lamington (1); 7.8 x 7.8 x 7.6 cm
e - AUSTRALIA KNIGHT: Slim Dusty; 20.5 x 8 x 5.9 cm
f - AUSTRALIA - BISHOP: Joan Sutherland; 22.7 x 11.4 x 6.4 cm
g - AUSTRALIA - QUEEN: Dame Edna Everage; 30 x 5.5 x 6.4 cm
h - AUSTRALIA - QUEEN: Kim [from Kath and Kim]; 24 x 6.3 x 5.6 cm
i - AUSTRALIA - KING: Norman Gunston; 25.4 x 7.5 x 5.5 cm
j - AUSTRALIA - BISHOP: David Gulpilil; 22.6 x 7.8 x 5.6 cm
k - AUSTRALIA - KNIGHT: Ned Kelly; 7.6 x 7.7 x 5.6 cm
l - AUSTRALIA - ROOK: Lamington [2]; 7.8 x 7.6 x 8 cm
m - AUSTRALIA - PAWN: Minnie Peters [Ginger Megg's girlfriend]; 10.5 x 7.7 x 5.5 cm
n - AUSTRALIA - PAWN: Blinky Bill; 10.2 x 8.1 x 5.6 cm
o - AUSTRALIA - PAWN: Nutsy [from Blinky Bill]; 10.3 x 7.8 x 5.7 cm
p - AUSTRALIA - PAWN: Ginger Meggs; 9.9 x 7.8 x 5.6 cm
q - AUSTRALIA - PAWN: Walter Wombat [from Blinky Bill]; 11.1 x 7.9 x 5.6 cm
r - AUSTRALIA - PAWN: Splodge [from Blinky Bill]; 11.5 x 7.6 x 6 cm
s - AUSTRALIA - PAWN: Snugglepot and Cuddlepie; 10.2 x 8.1 x 5.6 cm
t - AUSTRALIA - PAWN: Mrs Magpie [from Blinky Bill]; 10.3 x 7.8 x 5.6 cm
u - ENGLAND - ROOKE: Castle [1]; 12.5 x 10.2 x 5.7 cm
v - ENGLAND - KNIGHT: Prince Andrew; 20.1 x 9.8 x 6 cm
w - ENGLAND - BISHOP: Princess Diana and Prince Charles; 13.8 x 10.4 x 5.8 cm
x - ENGLAND - QUEEN: Queen Elizabeth II; 16.1 x 13 x 5.6 cm
y - ENGLAND - KING: Prince Philip; 17.3 x 9.5 x 5.7 cm
z - ENGLAND -BISHOP: Camilla Parker Bowles; 15.6 x 8.7 x 5.9 cm
aa - ENGLAND -BISHOP: Queen mother; 12.5 x 7 x 5.8 cm
bb - ENGLAND - KNIGHT: Princess Anne; 20.3 x 8.2 x 5.9 cm
cc - ENGLAND - ROOK: Castle [2]; 12.5 x 10.2 x 5.6 cm
dd - ENGLAND - PAWN: Corgi [1]; 11 x 7.8 x 5.5 cm
ee - ENGLAND - PAWN: Corgi [2]; 11.5 x 7.8 x 5.7 cm
ff - ENGLAND - PAWN: Corgi [3]; 11 x 7.9 x 5.5 cm
gg - ENGLAND - PAWN: Corgi [4]; 11.1 x 7.8 x 5.6 cm
hh - ENGLAND - PAWN: Corgi [5]; 10.9 x 8 x 5.7 cm
ii - ENGLAND - PAWN: Corgi [6]; 11 x 7.6 x 5.7 cm
jj - ENGLAND - PAWN: Corgi [7]; 11.1 x 7.7 x 5.8 cm
kk - ENGLAND - PAWN: Corgi [8]; 11 x 7.4 x 5.7 cm
ll - Perspex lid; 39.8 x 83.2 x 83.2 cm
mm - Drawer A: cover; 61.1 x 36 x 0.6 cm
nn - Drawer B: cover; 61.4 x 36.1 x 0.6 cm
Signature & date

Signed and dated right side of base, black synthetic polymer paint "Peter Kingston 30 9 78".
Signed and dated c. verso on part h, black fibre-tipped pen "'08/ Peter/ Kingston".

Credit
Gift of the artist 2007
Accession number
357.2007.a-nn
Copyright
© Peter Kingston