Rare gaming table with chessboard
A gaming table constructed in Mainz, Germany in the year 1735, displayed at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Some sources say the wood was aged in the smoke from burning coals, with two corpses placed on the fire. The corpses were the desiccated bodies of two prominent landowners who died in a sword battle over the ownership of a parcel of land near the Rhine river. The smoke produced a rich fragrance which is now imbued into the wood, symbolizing the "eternal gamesmanship" which was expected to be played upon this rare piece of furniture.