I started doing these chess sets in 1971 ( I’m feeling old again…), there are 11 so far.
The theme is middle ages. The king is Nordic, The Queen Spanish, The Bishop Anglican, The Knights have varied a bit from Germanic to a early version of Henry the Eighth’s armor (before he turned tubby…)The castle is a take on Falkenstein, and the pawns are Welsh Foot soldiers .
Each of the boards have been different along with details in the pieces and the bases. This board is my favorite, It’s cherry wood with cast iron and bronze accents, enclosed with German hand rolled glass. The playing surface is Sterling silver and Gaboon ebony (black).
The chess pieces are 14k yellow and white gold with gem set accents.(about 11.5 pounds of gold) . This one has been residing in the Museum at the Gemological Institute of America until recently.
It takes about a year to see one of these through.
These were the first pieces I ever carved (modeled). I commissioned another artist to do the originals & he couldn’t get the job done, I was on deadline to deliver the commission so no choice, I learned how to carve & this is the end result.
I’ll upload new shots Monday…
I’m still trying to get the hang of this…