Hand Painted Theme Chess Sets

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our hand painted theme chess sets are valuable representations of a hitorical event, a special genre, or a special recognised theme. An artisan has painstakingly taken an unfinished piece and, using specialist material, decorated each one detail by detail. Their price under-represents the amount of work and skill involved, they are collectible and valuable and will appreciate over time. Many earlier models of the genre bring high values at auction - these are the chess sets that will appear in future auctions at excellent prices. They are excellent for display and use. They're not all stern and serious, we also market many fun genre's, but the standard is very high. You are looking at hand painted chess sets as gifts that will be passed with pride to the next generation.
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ST2039 Christopher Columbus Chess Set

Heavy Weighted in Crushed Marble. King Height 7" , Diameter 1.9 inches, Weight 263g
Made in England. A simply magnificent set of pieces depicting the experiences and aquaintances of Christopher Columbus. The colours are vivid and the detail superb. Outstanding are the detail of the priests tunic and the collar of the white queen, which stands out amongst the whole set as beautiful. A large set requiring a large board, we recommend below the one with 2.5" squares, itself being a work of art. READ MORE...

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Hand Painted Cats and Dogs Chess Setmore...




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ST2035 Hand Painted Cats and Dogs Chess Set

Heavy Weighted in Crushed Marble. King Size 3.75 inches
Made in England. Sculpted by - no, it's not a joke - Caroline McCatty - a recognised sculpture in chess designs. Delightful full hand painted version of the Cats and Dogs chess design. Colourful and innovative chess set for dog lovers and cat haters, or cat lovers and dog haters. Hmmm. Maybe just one for pet lovers. A perfect setting for a battle. Frivolity aside, look at the detail of this chess set . Expand the pictures to their fullest size - expressions are included in the faces and the individual setting of the pieces are artfully contrived to achieve the atmosphere of a lighthearted battle of chess. Assuming you're not the family dog or cat that is. A pefect gift for pet lovers, dog lovers, cat haters,... oh, let's not get into that again...
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Henry VIII Hand Painted Chess Setmore...




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ST2036 Henry VIII Hand Painted Chess Set

Heavy Weighted in Crushed Marble. King Height 5.5 inches inch Diameter 1.7 inch.
Made in England. The hand decorated version of this excellent chess set. All those wives! Poor old Anne. Poor old Katherine. Poor old them all. Not as if he was some Adonis. But hey, talk about breaking with tradition, this chess set does in a remarkable way - the rook is significantly higher than Henry himself. What would he have to say about that? Yes, we know... started a new game where he was the rook and the rook becomes most powerful piece. READ MORE...

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Battle of Trafalgar Hand Painted with Presentation Box and Boardmore...




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TH2062 Battle of Trafalgar Hand Painted with Presentation Box and Board

Heavy Weighted in Crushed Stone. King Size 5.5 inches
Presentation version of the Trafalgar event. This is the original set plus the board and a case. The hand painted version of the battle of trafalgar. Very fitting as a theme for a chess set, Trafalgar was one of the most decisive naval battles ever fought. In the course of a short October afternoon, the Combined Fleet of France and Spain, with 33 battleships, was defeated by a British force of 27 battleships off cape Trafalgar, on the south-west coast of Spain. This chess set is dedicated to the memory of all those who fought with Nelson, and against him, in a battle where every individual appeared a hero according to Vice Admiral Cuthbert Collingwood. The chess set here has recreated the atmosphere of the great battle and is a successful creation for the genre. READ MORE...

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Golf Hand Painted Chess Setmore...




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ST2011 Golf Hand Painted Chess Set

Heavy Weighted in Crushed Marble. King Height 5 inches, Diameter 2.2 inches, Weighted at 195g
Exquisitly hand painted Golf themed chess set. A special commission to the British sculpture Peter Calvesbert - this chess set is a portrayal of old golfers against new, using St Andrews and Turnbury Lighthouse. This set is one of the best value items in our entire theme inventory! READ MORE...

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Hand Painted Theme Chess Sets

Hand painted chess sets take much time and care to construct. There are many cheaper versions available - these are often lightweight, skimpy on detail and designed for easy casual and fun use. They have a place, but we don't do this kind of hand painted chess set. We market high quality fine examples of the hand painted chess genre. These designs are the types that would feature in future antique shows, although they're not all serious designs, many are fun settings and frivolous themes. But their standard of construction has the hallmark of quality. We are confident you'll appreciate the examples shown here - we hope we can be of service to you.