Mah Jongg is not just a game. It has become a part of my life that allows me to entertain my Mah Jongg-playing friends, cook great meals to serve to them and test my mental skills during our game play (which, hopefully, is often).
You might be interested in this limited edition Mah Jongg set made by Cartier…it’s only £37,100 and that even includes the VAT tax! If you are wondering what that might be in U.S. currency, well…it’s about $57,268.12. Quite a deal, right?!!
MAHJONG BOX WITH PANDA DECOR, LIMITED AND NUMBERED EDITION
Wood and marquetry, nephrite jade
This collection honors Cartier’s long-standing tradition of creating fine objects. Skilfully and uniquely crafted in precious leathers and metals, lacquer and marquetry, each of these designs manifests the Cartier art de vivre.
Limited edition of 18 numbered pieces. Mahjong box with panda decor, sycamore wood lacquered from black to green and mother-of-pearl marquetry, 16 nephrite jade cabochons, golden finish details. Inside: black Alcantara®* inside with 4 drawers containing 148 tiles, 92 chips and 6 die in Corian ®.
Dimensions: 256 mm (length) x 256 mm (width) x 137 mm (height).
*Alcantara® is a registered trademark which does not belong to Cartier. Corian ® is a trademark that is not owned by Cartier. The Corian is a coating material made of 1/3 of acrylic resin and 2/3 of natural minerals.
Last Friday was my birthday and X went above, beyond, over, way far away in terms of making sure that I had a very happy birthday. I still am reeling from what she did for me. A fabulous and exquisite luncheon, lots and lots of laughing, and best of all, bringing together a group of twelve of my dearest, dearest friends. How she pulled this all together is so beyond my wildest comprehension. Even two of my best, best, best friends – one from California and one from Florida (besties since we were 4 years old) – were there to surprise me. And then, after all of this, she gave me the most magnificent Bone and Bamboo Mah Jong set (complete with matching extra tiles and beautiful Joker stickers) AND 4 glorious vintage wood racks. I absolutely cannot wait to play with this incredible set.
Look at this magnificent set, courtesy of the Mah Jong Museum (owned and operated by the website, Where the Winds Blow and founded by the wonderful Jim May), made and carved in China probably in the early 1920s. The tiles are made of bone and then backed with ebony wood. I love this set not only for its beauty and craftsmanship but also because the tiles represent such incredible sentiments and meanings – you can read the translations for the tiles’ ideographs on the museum’s website.
My favorite translation encompasses the entire set, based on the Buddhist tale, “Heaven girls playing with flowers.” I love this set because of the kind, generous, and happy meanings of the tiles but especially for the magnificent and intricate Flowers. Beautiful carvings filled with beautiful thoughts to take with us into the new year.
Wouldn’t it be a treat to play Mah Jongg with this set? To see other beautiful and rare sets, go to the website for the Mah Jong Museum and have a great time!