​At the Trippe: All the President’s Chess Pieces


It is typically the experience for those who visit The Trippe Gallery (Trippe-Hilderbrandt) in Easton to find a remarkable showcase of some of the best artists and photographers in the Mid-Atlantic region. But occasionally, Nanny Trippe, the owner, takes a slight diversion from that pattern and shows off a little bit of the more eclectic and fun side of the art world.

That is indeed the case with Trippe’s decision to display Jessica Destefano’s remarkable bronze chess set of the primary Watergate figures from the Nixon era. Included are thirty bronze sculpted pieces standing four inches high and weighing over a pound each.

This timing of this artwork might be seen by many as somewhat clairvoyant given that Washington and the rest of America are now watching as a new legal chess game takes form between President Donald Trump and Special counsel Robert S. Mueller thirty-five years after a break in at the Watergate complex took place.

The Spy captured a few images to share, but we encourage all to drop by the Trippe to get a firsthand look.

This video is approximately one minute in length. For more information about the Trippe Gallery please go here

Letters to Editor

  1. I was thrilled to see my bronze Watergate Chess Set being featured at the Trippe Gallery and in The Talbot Spy. What a wonderful honor.

    Just to add a couple of points of interest to your story:

    The set was cast in beryllium bronze which is an expensive bronze with a high copper content. Each bronze piece was cast and finished by myself and then husband in a small foundry we set up in our studio garage in Warren, Pennsylvania.

    I have made several political chess sets including one featuring Donald Trump and would love to talk with you more about my work.

    Jessica deStefano

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