Perhaps the Mah Jongg craze sometimes goes a bit too far…my wonderful friend Charlotte sent the following photo to me from the June issue of Hamptons MagazineJoanna mahjong set, Ralph Lauren ($4,495). 31–33 Main St., East Hampton, 631-324-1222; 41 Jobs Lane, Southampton, 631-287-6953. Bellamy clover tall vase ($350) and clamshell bowl ($345), AERIN. 83 Main St., Southampton, 631-353-3773

I decided to do a little more research about this approximately $4500 (before taxes) brand new Mah Jongg set. Here are some more photos. I’m sure you are all going to rush to buy this set…here’s the set closed up in its leather box. The box opens and…voila! It even comes with 152 tiles, perfect for our beloved NMJL American Mah Jongg game plaThe set even comes with pushers for moving out your racks!

Here’s the description: JOANNA MAHJONG SET -$4495.00 

Inspired by the modern glamour of penthouse living, our luxurious mahjong set was custom-designed with hand-painted leather tiles, each inset into cherry wood. The accompanying leather-and-brass box opens to reveal a built-in game board as well as matching push sticks, a set of dice, and betting coins for the ultimate way to play the ancient Chinese pastime.

And details of the set and instructions on how to keep it in tip-top condition:

  • Closed: 17″ L x 14½” W x 4¼” H. Open: 34″ L x 14½” W x 2″ H.
  • Cream-hued leather box with a built-in wood-inlaid playing board.
  • Set comes with 152 mahjong tiles, one wind indicator, four push sticks, four sets of 29 betting coins, and one set of dice.
  • Leather, wood, brass, resin.
  • Wipe clean with a dry cloth.
  • Imported.

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