Beautiful handmade chess sets, chess boards and chess pieces crafted for you here in Ireland. With over 15 years experience and an honors degree in fine art your disposal.
A beautiful Lord of the Rings chess set complete with an engraved chess board with a Gothic York Rose Motif that has been hand painted in an aged silver and Antique white age effected finish to enhance and compliment the beautiful chess set design.
The tallest pieces (the kings) Gandalf and Saruman are both approximately 4 inches tall with a base of around 1.25 inches making this a very substantial chess set .
Th antique effect paintwork gives this collection of individually handmade busts a wonderful and intriguing presence and is an absolute joy to look at and play with.
This chess set would make a wonderful addition to any Lord of the rings fans (LOTR) collection and features Middle Earth characters beautiful portrayed in pieces that have definite stature.
This is a real treat for any Hobbit, LOTR, ( Lord of the Rings ) or Tolkien fans out there.
The Chess board is a beautiful rustic styled board based upon a vintage York Rose design with a highly detailed engraved border.
The board has been lovingly painted in an aged white and Metallic Silver to compliment the chess pieces.
The York Rose design was adopted in the 14th century as an heraldic symbol of the royal House of York which alongside the beautiful flowing engraved border gives this board a deep Gothic yet Renaissance feel and sits very comfortably between the two genres.
The board itself measures around 45cm x 45cm (17.5 inches) and is around 3.5cm thick with 5cm squares (aprox) making this an impressively sized board.
The chess board and chess pieces are made from reconstructed stone which not only offers the player a wonderful playing surface but is also free from the many harmful and carcinogenic, chemicals found in pieces made using polyurethane or polyester resins.
My decision to use stone stone as a casting preference for my boards was also based on longevity, due to the fact that stone will not bend or warp over time. Economy resin boards are unfortunately effected by fluctuations in temperature and humidity and have a tendency to curl at the edges with age, making them eventually unusable. With stone, a well looked after board will stay within your family for a lifetime and beyond.
To help manage the weight of the board and offer some cushioning and protection, the board has a layer of 2mm high grade green felt added to the base for support.
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.
Jul 23, 2023
The chess set and the board met and exceeded all expectations. The craftsmanship is superb, attention to details was incredible, and the quality of the materials used is excellent. This was a present for both a chess and LOTR enthusiast, and the person was extremely happy. Significant effort went into the packaging, with several layers protecting the product. Everything was in excellent condition when it arrived, and it arrived in accordance with the planned timeline. The communication with Adam was very pleasant, he was responding very quickly with useful information. Five stars for both Adam and the LOTR chess set and pieces!
Jul 12, 2023
Love the set! The pieces are beautiful and highly detailed. Everything was packaged with care for the shipping as well.
Jul 11, 2023
I was so pleased with this chess set! Exactly what I was looking for as a present for a friend who loves chess and LotR.
Apr 19, 2023
I honestly cannot recommend enough. Everything about this chess set exceeded expectations. I got this as a gift for my partner and we both now play on a regular basis (and even throw in a LotR quote here and there when we’ve made a good move). Communication back and forth with Adam was very much like a friendly conversation rather than a business transaction which made it very easy to relay any questions or requests I may have had! Overall the level of quality, attention to detail and communication went well above and beyond and Mourne Studios is one of the first details I mention when I am asked about the chess set!
Apr 12, 2023
Adam’s work is even better than I thought (and my expectations were high enough). He answered very quickly all my questions, he was very helpful and opened to different options, always focusing to client satisfaction. I bought a handmade chessboard and pieces of the Lord of the Rings. He is an artist, taking care of any detail, exactly as MourneStudios shows at its portfolio. The packaging was perfect and carefully prepared, guaranteeing the content safety. I highly recommend it! Thank you again, Adam!