Individual Piece Sizes
King Height: 3.3 Inches
Queen Height: 3.1 Inches
Bishop Height: 3.3 Inches
Knight Height: 3.3 Inches
Rook Height: 3.1 Inches
Pawn Height: 1.6 Inches
The high skill of the designers, sculptors and craftsmen of Studio Anne Carlton shines through in our collection of UK hand made chess sets and European chess boards. The richness of finish and attention to detail contribute to the success of the beautiful products from the Studio Anne Carlton range, which are appreciated on five continents. The chess sets are mainly produced in two finishes made from crushed stone poly resin. Hand painted sets where only certain parts are coloured by hand, whilst some areas remain plain, allowing for the natural material to be exposed after a light coloured wash of paint. Our regular sets are in a burgundy and cream plain finish with a light dark wash to emphasise the detail in the pieces. The chess sets do not come with the chess board which need ordering separately.
Studio Anne Carlton, UK made, chess pieces are highly sought after in the collectable markets. The fact that these highly prized pieces are completely hand made makes volume production out of the question. Consequently many of the earlier and discontinued sets are returning substantial prices when appearing at auction. The sets are avidly collected by enthusiasts all over the world.
These chess pieces are reproductions of the Isle of Lewis chessmen. In 1831 the sea carried away a sandbank on the Isle of Lewis uncovering a mysterious building that had been buried under the sand. A peasant working nearby found what he concluded to be a collection of Elves and Gnomes. The superstitious highlander flung down his spade and fled home in horror. Superstition in Lewis had survived in a powerful form.
Thus, when the peasant first looked at the group of singular little ivory figures it was natural that they should appear as the pigmy sprites of Celtic folklore. However, he was induced by his wife to return to the spot and take the figures home. He sold them to a local collector who realised they were chessmen. There were 78 pieces in all belonging to eight or more sets. This set does not include a chess board.
Studio Anne Carlton are very pleased to provide a range of chess boards especially handmade in Europe. The durable presentation box is gold foiled with the name of the chess set and protected in a strong direct despatch box. The chess pieces are insterted into specialy prepared cut foam and packaged in a strong hand made box covered in quality red leather effect paper. All made in the UK. The presentation box is gold foiled with the nameof the chess set and protected in a strong despatch box.
Board NOT included. Made from polystone. Suitable for chess boards of 19.5 inches minimum. See product description below for individual piece sizes.