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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

backgammon set | Alyce Simon | 1971

I don’t know much about backgammon, but with a set like this, I’d be willing to learn.  This is a Lucite backgammon set by listed artist Alyce Simon.

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Alyce Simon is most noted for her “atomic art” that really is just that, though this piece does not feature any sort of high energy interaction with acrylic.  Said Simon:

Using high voltage electron radiation, I break down the molecular structure of acrylics (Plexiglas) creating the “Tree of Life” pattern. Encouraged to experiment along these lines in 1962 by Dr. Kennard Morganstern, President of Radiation Dynamics, Inc., I evolved a way of harnessing the radiation from high-voltage particle accelerators, and after many years of experimentation, I have it under complete control, giving predictable results each time.

Alyce Simon was born on February 20, 1925 in New York City and died July 20, 2011 in her home near Mocksville, North Carolina. She was 86.

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Alyce Simon and Dynamitron Accelerator at Radiation Dynamics, Westbury, NY, 1971.  Image source.

Alyce Simon Lucite backgammon set die handle signature

The Lucite backgammon set is signed by the artist and dated 1971 on the top centerpiece cube that is engraved with numbers. The top opens and a caddy lifts out, holding the 14 orange/yellow and 14 forest green chips, 2 pair of dice and dice rollers.   The cube stands 10-1/4” tall and measures 6-1/2” by 6-1/2” across.

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eBay item 380919771023 ended June 10, 2014 at 15:25:20 PDT.  4 bidders placed 8 bids and the set sold for $266.61 with $21.00 for shipping.

Reference

Live Auctioneers.  Retrieved June 10, 2014 from http://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/21352480_alyce-simon-tree-of-life-necklace-14kyg.


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