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 at your disposal.
This listing is for a large custom made ornamental and beautifully carved Monkey Band themed Chess Set. This is an incredibly rare and hard to find Chess set. A simple google search for Monkey Band themed chess set will yield few traces of it having ever existed and it is with great pleasure that I can make it available again.
The style and theme of these pieces follow a long tradition dating back mainly to 1562, and an etching by Pieter van der Heyden depicting a well known folk tale about a sleeping peddler being taunted by a group of monkeys who stole his clothes and played his musical instruments and danced around him as he slept. Since then there have been many musical monkey depictions.
After Van Der Heyden's etching, interest in monkey themed painting and sculpture was so great that, within a few years, simian art came to be regarded as a distinct genre, later known as singerie (Monkey games).
These chess pieces are made in the same style as the Porcelain pieces made in Chelsea from 1745-1769 and are simply wonderful. I am happy to create them in custom colours upon request.
This is a beautiful example of chess set making and ornamental animal themed carving combined in a wonderful practical piece of art. It really is a thing of great beauty as the photographs will show.
This sumptuous lavish chess set is a real eye catcher and is generally the talking point at any parties or family get togethers. It really is brimming with character!
This wonderful collection of chess pieces are substantial and weighty and offer the player a very physical experience (apart from also looking fantastic).
The chess set is large with the king being just over 16cms tall with a 4.5cm base. The Pawns are 11cms tall with just under a 4cm base giving this collection of individually handmade figurines a wonderful and intriguing presence and is an absolute joy to look at, play with and muse over.
The chess set has been cold cast in reconstructed stone and hand painted in an Antique age effected finish to enhance and compliment the beautiful sculptural chess set design.
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.
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.
The Chess Set comes with Felt Bases as standard.
This listing is for the set of Chess pieces only. The board/boards in the photographs are used for display purposes only and are not a part of this listing.
As always, we are happy to offer custom orders, so if you like the chess pieces but would rather then in different colours, then drop us a message and we will try to match your requirements.
If you have any questions, we are 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))..
Thanks for looking! Adam
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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.
Oct 24, 2022
Wow! Wow! Wow! This exceeded my wildest expectations. Amazing chess set with big, heavy, solidly made pieces. It was a birthday gift for my chess and monkey fanatic son and he was gobsmacked.