Near Italy's Florence, the family of Aldo Marsili runs a wonderful factory, with a finely honed craft of manufacturing awe-inspiring chess sets for over 30 years.
This is one of Chess House's highest recommendations from Marsili's extensive line of fine Italian made products.
Aldo Marsili established the chess factory Italfama in 1976. Like many successful businesses, Italfama was started as a hobby. Aldo enjoyed playing chess as a young man and he also enjoyed working with his hands. He realized the business potential of his hobby when his first handmade chess set was quickly purchased by one of his friends and his second immediately suffered the same fate.
Aldo has worked very hard with his brother Paolo for 33 years, and during that time the chess collection has grown, including various lines: classical and artistic chess pieces of different designs and materials, faithful reproductions of historical and mythological battles, memorable characters. The pieces are played on inlaid wooden chess boards made of the most beautiful woods.
Artist and engraver Aldo Marsili oversees the entire production process for the chess pieces, which uses classical method of wax casting, in the style of Benvenuto Cellini and all the other famous sculptors of the 15th and 16th century. Each piece is fashioned by hand, with gold finish or paint, sculptured or hand-carved.
This Chess Set
This brilliant di scacchi in metallo (metal chess set) will bring memorable game nights as a couple or with a best friend. And you'll know it comes from a lovely family enterprise in Italy.
The fine set of chessmen by Marsili have a protective coating that prevents tarnishing and felt bases to protect the playing surface.
The artistic cabinet board with storage is a stunning, elegant design with inlaid artwork, built in maple, walnut, mahogany, and briarwoods. Brass piano hinges serve the structural raising support along with lock and key closure.
Here are the specs.
- King height: 3", base: 1", weight: 2oz
- 32 Chess Pieces with Felt Bases
- Box size: 17 5/8" x 13 3/4" x 3"
- Actual playing board size: 11" square
- Squares: 1 3/8" (1.375")
- Internal Compartments: Two at 11 7/8" x 2 1/2" x 1 3/4" and two at 10 1/4" x 5 3/4" x 1 3/4"
Italfama is considered one of the most prestigious and appreciated manufacturers of chess pieces and chess boards in the world. Recently two of Aldo's sons, Marco and Tommaso, have joined the factory, and, thanks to their care and innovative ideas, new lines have been added with worldwide appreciation and success.