ABOUT DONOVAN BOARD
A limited edition of 10 boards designed in collaboration with fine artist Miranda Donovan.
The aim was to marry two contrasting visions – Miranda’s work exploring the darker sides of civilisation and its decay, Alexandra’s the luxurious – the backgammon board is not just a game but a work of art and a veritable collector’s piece.
The work started from a miniscule 20mm x 20mm detail from one of Miranda’s vast works measuring 7ft tall and 21ft wide. This beautiful and surreal landscape plays backdrop to the board, printed onto the surface and lacquered until smooth, then framed in white ripple sycamore.
The drawers are made from dovetailed american black walnut, each ’pops’ out of the frame with one gentle touch. The backgammon playing pieces are semi-precious obsidian (black volcanic glass) and mother of pearl. One playing piece unscrews to reveal Donovan’s signature and the board’s edition number. The doubling di is inlaid with black wood numbers drawn by Donovan. Dice shakers are turned american black walnut with brass studs which reference Donovan’s latest work.
Artist, painter and sculptor Miranda Donovan studied at L’Ecole des Beaux Arts d’Aix-en-Provence, France, before completing her fine art degree in 2005 at City and Guilds of London Art School. Collectors of Donovan’s work include Frank Cohen, Cheyenne Westphal and Jeremy & Francie Clarkson whilst she has also enjoyed commissions by Mark Hix, Black Cow Vodka and has exhibited extensively across the world.
86cm x 86cm x 10cm
Handmade in the UK