Beautiful handmade chess sets, chess boards and chess pieces crafted for you here in Ireland.
This listing is for a beautiful custom made chess set based upon the great Medieval “Leipzig” chess set from 14th Century Germany.
The original set was made from carved bone and is currently on display in the Leipzig Museum in Germany.
This set is often described as being inspired by the Isle of Lewis Chessmen, however given that the Lewis pieces are believed to have been made sometime during the 12th or early 13th century, and lay undiscovered until they were found in 1831, on a beach at Uig, Lewis, Scotland, this idea is highly unlikely.
The chess set is actually part of a great tradition of Gothic style chess making that was popular in Germany between the 14th and 15th centuries.
Many similarly styled sets were made and widely exported, particularly to England where a number of the pieces have been found during the many excavations in York and further south in London and Oxford.
This is an impressive set with the king, standing at just over 11cm tall with a 3.5cm base, and the beautiful barrel pawns are just over 3.5cm tall with a 2cm) base.
If you're after a chess set with a lot of history behind it, then this is the set for you.
The gold and silver metallic paintwork gives the pieces a strong physical feel whereas the careful attention to the detailing of the highlights serve to enhance the delicate features within each piece.
All Chess sets come with high quality 2mm felt bases as standard.
Chess boards are also available here at MourneStudios. Here is an example of a Gothic motif board that I stock:
As well as enjoying the aesthetic quality of playing chess with such a beautiful chess set, the act of playing chess itself has been linked to a variety of health benefits and is said to help develop perspective, improve memory, increase intelligence, deepen focus, elevate creativity, boost planning skills, increase self-awareness, protect against dementia, help ADHD and reduce panic attack symptoms.
With so many positives to playing chess it is hardly surprising that so many more people are making playing chess a part of their daily lives, so why not take the plunge and do it in style with a beautiful handmade chess set from MourneStudios.
This chess set is beautifully rendered and is a great addition to any chess collection.
Treat your Chess Set with tender loving care for a lifetimes worth of enjoyment.
Pieces can chip if dropped or treated roughly.
As always, if you have any questions, I am always here to help.
Adam (Shop Owner)
*At Mournestudios all boards and pieces are bespoke and are custom made and personalised just for you and as such will carry the name of the customer that they have been made for and the date of completion on the base of a number of pieces (usually each king, just beneath the felt), and for the boards simply under the felt.
If a different name is required as if often the case with gifts etc. please leave a message to this effect at checkout.
I am happy to offer custom colours on all of my work, so if you see a chess set or board in my shop that you like the colours of and would like those on your new set as opposed to the colours advertised, then simply leave me a message at check out and I will get back to confirm your choices.
If you have a colour that I don't currently stock, I'm also happy to see if I can find it for you.
All of the Chess pieces here at Mournestudios are are intended for collectors of 14 years of age and above and are not considered as toys within the EU Toy safety Directive (as referred to in Article 2(1)).
If there are any colours that you see available in my shop you can request your chess pieces or board in those colours. if you drop me a quick message I'll get back to confirm your choices. Thanks
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Each Chess set that I produce is made from the highest quality materials with additional enhancements added to strengthen them.
Each piece is individually hand painted and unique to you.
I offer a diverse range of Chess sets to suit the needs of every player and ensure that all items go through a rigorous quality assurance process before their final dispatch.
With so many happy customers who have kindly left me so many positive reviews, you can rest assured that your chosen chess set will be something special.
In Ireland and more specifically within my family, we have a long tradition of producing high quality Arts & Crafts that has been handed down over the years,and that ethos and commitment to quality is ever present in my work.
Unfortunately once an item has been dispatched I have little or no control over what happens on it's journey to you.
All of my items are now sent with full tracking provided which will help with resolving any postal issues in the unlikely event that something goes wrong (delays, customs hold ups etc).
I'm always happy to step in and help you resolve the issue.
Absolutely yes. Any of the chess sets sold are available in a variety of colours. Details available on request.
All sets are personalised by default and carry the customers initials on the base of a number of pieces.
What you can expect from MourneStudios is to be kept updated with the process of making, and dispatching etc.
I will always be honest and give you realistic time frames for the completion of your purchase and will stay in touch throughout the whole process and beyond.
It is my personal goal to ensure that every customer is more than happy with both the art works that I offer and the level of service I provide.
My vision for MourneStudios is that I am able to grow my business into a long term venture offering a diverse and eclectic mixture of hand crafted works and in order to do that I will be going to extra mile for all of my customers.
All of the chess sets that are for sale here at MourneStudios are made from reconstructed stone (Alabaster, Gypsum etc) and are further enhanced with an acrylic polymer for strength.
As an Artist and Maker, I have always been very particular about the materials that I use. It is important to me that the materials are ethically sourced and have as little impact on the environment as is possible. For that reason I do not use any polyurethane or Polyester resins in my work.
Apart from the harmful effects that plastic has on our environment, I find that Chess pieces made from natural materials are much more welcoming to the touch, which makes for a more enjoyable Chess experience.
Yes!! All chess pieces come with high quality felt bases as standard, However, not everybody wants their chess pieces with felt bases as it removes the sound of the piece touching the board, and if you would rather not have felt bases added we are more than happy to accommodate.
If that's you, simply add a note at checkout to say that you would rather not have the bases and I shall make it so.
In most cases your order will be ready much sooner than that, however it depends on how many orders we are working on at that time.
4-6 weeks is the maximum time that an order should take but I do aim to have your order ready much sooner if it is at all possible.
If you need your order to be ready by a particular date and you drop me a message to let us know beforehand, I will do My best to accommodate you and will let you know before you place your order if that date is possible from my end of things.
Very well packed indeed. We want to you get your order in the condition that it leaves our studio.
Each chess piece will be individually wrapped in bubble wrap and placed in a thick cardboard box with plenty of extra packing to ensure that it absorbs any bumps along the way.
If your order does not arrive in perfect condition I will replace any of the broken items at no cost to yourself (including postage and packing).
It is my goal here at MourneStudios to ensure that you are more than happy with your order and will do whatever I can to make sure that that happens.
Whilst the stone casting material that I use is very robust, and is further enhanced with an acrylic polymer to strengthen it, care should always be taken when handling chess pieces due to the nature of their shapes.
The chess set is a collection of castings and if handled with care will last a lifetime and beyond, however as with all earthenware they are not impervious to wear and tear and can break or chip if bumped or dropped onto a tiled floor for example.
As a general and by no means comprehensive guide, these pieces should be handled in the same way that one would handle all earthenware or pottery.
A variety of colour options are available. If you have a custom request I will gladly work with you to source the colours that you want.
I really do want you to have the best customer experience you can with MourneStudios. I'm really are here to help.
Feb 26, 2022
A beautiful chess-set. Adam was super helpful and especially changed the colours of the pieces according to my wishes. Thanks a lot!