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Our selection of games includes backgammon sets made of high-quality leather and/or wood, exclusive card games, as well as chess and dominoes – all from the finest European manufacturers.

Games are nearly as old as man himself. Even the Greeks used to while away the time with games of backgammon, and over the centuries games have always caused a stir. In the Middle Ages, playing card games was regarded as a devil’s pastime and was forbidden. These days, the moral outcry against board and card games has subsided. In fact, they are seen with increasing favour – quite often stealing the limelight.

The “Architettura” chess game from Arca for example, resembles the skyline of a metropolis and is made of high-quality buffalo horn and palladium, and has a high-gloss lacquer. The figures on Lladrò’s “Medieval” chess board are of hand-painted porcelain. Backgammon connoisseurs will find a companion for life in “Braided” from Hector Saxe. This board game contained in a leather case in “braid look” feels wonderfully soft and is beautifully designed. French manufacturer Hector Saxe crafts these games into veritable treasures.

The British family business Geoffrey Parker approaches their work in the same way: Their games are handmade not far from London. Materials such as Macassar ebony wood and calfskin are standard items in Geoffrey Parker’s games as is state-of-the-art design. The company’s “Cigarette” poker cards, for example, are concealed in a box that is reminiscent of a packet of cigarettes. Regardless whether a pocket game or a game that needs a whole table, a focal issue these days is the enjoyment of the game as well. And that is initially always based on what you see.

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