It seems like it's been quite a while since this thread topic has been utilized. Maybe it's time to revive it?
I suspect that the following set up for bid (at a hefty price, too) is not an ANRI. The seller does not describe it an ANRI; the boxboard does not look all that ANRI-ish; and I don't see any little related stickers that often accompany ANRIs.
BUT the pieces are from carved wood, and seem relatively well carved at that. It is also, reportedly made in Italy. Perhaps one of the other Italian, small woodcarving companies?
Any thoughts? Clay (Noybear)? Floyd (Lichess)? Dan (dwolf)? Robert (Van der)? Where is co-leader Robert these days, anyway? Other ANRI fans?
John (sleepless in Vermont).-- Edited by knight_knight_zzz at 02/28/2012 12:46 AM PST
This set that you noticed being listed is most certainly NOT by Anri !
The figures appear to have excellent detail but at the same time the pictures indicate, to me, that the figures are also very flat, similar to the myriad lesser oriental bone sets. The opposing themes also put me at a loss as the white side pawns appear very Roman-esque altho the queen and other "royalty" pieces almost seem Helenic. The dark side is more Islamic from several centuries later. On the plus side is that the figures all seem to go well in overall composition.
Just using my eyes, which are very prone to defect, and based on his height numbers (which I think he got reversed), I am guessing the bases at close to 2" in diameter but it also would indicate that the pieces are of approximately 1/8" material but certainly no greater than 3/16". The detail difference is something that I know very little about but on a wild guess only, I am thinking that it may be a case of pyrography (wood burning) as some of the tips and so forth these days is way beyond what I was used to as a child. We can only assume that the backs of pieces are equally detailed but I did not see one picture that shows even a partial back altho I guess that this assumption (for backs being done also) could be made on the basis of the knights facing opposite directions ?
Based on the myriad facts that I have made assumptions about, my best guess is that it was made by using a laser to cut the detail , profiles and so forth which would also explain the detail "coloring" and particularly the exactness of figure duplication.
The box/ case could be of Italian manufacture but could just as well have been done in India and retrofitted with material to hold the pieces so I cannot offer any opinion on it.
The seller does not indicate that it might be OOAK but I am prone to think that it might very well be exactly that. Despite that fact, I really do not believe that a price of 1/4th the current asking price will ever be realized and probably less than that, but who knows ?