Porcelain & Stoneware
Porcelain has since the start of porcelain manufacturing at meissen in the 18th century been a most welcome material for producing decorative chess sets. Practically every manufactuyre of renown has come up with one or more chess sets as amtter of personal pride. Teh msot coveted ones , though, continue to be those out of Meissen, especially in the earlier days H.J. Kändler and successors - not surprising that the tune that the Meissen maufactory has repeatedly issued remakes of the old designs. Stoneware ids a cheaper mateiral to use, and much esier to achieve for the majority of potters and pettery makers. Stone ware should not be confused with the modern do-it-Yourself poured stone designs produced for and by hobbyists....-
Fetching porcelain set with conical abstract pieces from Russia / UdSSR more likely. No information of date or origin, just a production number. Pieces are hollow and filled with sand for weighting!
Old Russia in caricature
Delightful recent set - including a porcelain tray board - representing the Czarist army in caricature - with ships as rooks! Ca. 1970-1980 - Gardner Factory or its successor combinat - in Gzhel near Moscow. most felts missing.
Porcelain set from Soviet days, made in the former Zugdidi Porcelain factory in Georgia (Grusia in Russian!) in the 90ies. sucgh sets were often sold in the plush Sowjet spa of Mineralni Vodi in the Caucasus - sometimes with a box stating this! Zugdidi was the capital of the Duchy of Mingrelia, reigned over by the Dadiani dynasty - one prince Dadiani was instrumental in the 1903 chess tournament in Monte Carlo! Check this set on J. van Vreijs's page - seems a bit darker gray!