House of Hauteville Chessmen - Antique White and Black Marble Resin   Free Shipping  

Product Code: CV100

  • $320.00 USD
Qty:  

Select An Optional Board


$320.00 USD

Need Help? Start a Chat.

Chess House Lifetime Guarantee

When buying a chess set online, avoid time-consuming research and expense in the future when unfortunate breakage or loss happens. When you buy from Chess House, you get easy access to parts so your set is always playable. In many cases parts are complimentary.

Safe, Timely Arrival
Every order is thoughtfully packed for safe arrival. Plus, you delivery time is clear from order checkout all the way to your door.

Be delighted
Enjoy peace of mind with 90 day, no-hassle returns and easy access to our friendly, knowledgeable team through the years.

That's why 11,370 people rate Chess House 4.7 out of 5 stars.
(read more)

Product Details

The House of Hauteville Chess Set was inspired by the adventurous Normans who invaded Italy in the Eleventh Century. It is an artist's dream come true. ChessHouse brings you artist Carolyn Cavanaugh's design, now produced in limited quantities right here in the USA. Her masterpiece is now available to chess collectors and artists. An initial production was donated to the Smithsonian's benefit auction and brought in over $500.

"The inspiration for this set came from a friend who asked me to make a mantle piece based on a pawn
she had seen in a book by John Norwich. I read the book, The Normans in Sicily, and fell in love with the
idea of these brave men. The knights and the pawn are directly based on some 11th century Norman wood
chessmen that have been preserved at The Biblioteque de National in France. The other pieces are original
imaginings. I gave the king a cat because there is a saying (of later vintage) that "a cat may look upon a
king." The queen has a hawk because she is a warrior woman. I've named the king and queen after the
famous warrior duo, Robert Guiscard and his wife Sichelgaita. I often refer to the knights as Tancred and
Drogo, also names in the Norman Hauteville family."
"I once attended a lecture by Lord Norwich at the Smithsonian. He was not talking about his book on the
Normans, but about his mother. Nonetheless I arranged to have someone at Smithsonian give him the six little
figures to take home with him. He wrote me a letter of thanks and said he keeps them on the mantle. John
Julius Norwich is a brilliant writer and has many wonderful books to his credit."

- Carolyn Cavanaugh; Creator of The House of Hauteville Chess Set


Each piece was originally modeled in clay, then molded and reproduced in wax. The wax patterns were refined for better detail and final molds were made for reproduction. They are cast in stone resin. These pieces are handcrafted entirely in the US. The pieces are substantial from 3 to 5 inches tall and are ideal with a chessboard with at least 2" squares.


Designed for the enjoyment of all, the serious player and the collector, we hope everyone will enjoy the artistry and humor of this impressive work.

The recommended chessboard for these chessmen is the 21" Hardwood Player's Chessboard and is handcrafted in the USA from premium walnut and maple with a lacquer finish for an ultra smooth playing experience and display quality.

Specifications:

  • King height: 5"
  • King weight: 7.7 oz
  • Base size: 1 7/8"
  • Pawn size: 3 3/8"
  • Bases felted with four black dots
  • Weight: 9+ pounds. Weight varies slightly from set to set.
  • Made of marble resin.
  • 32 pieces - 1 Queen per side



Customer Reviews

Based on 4 reviews
100%
(4)
0%
(0)
0%
(0)
0%
(0)
0%
(0)
D
D.L.B.

Beautiful, intricate set. Easy ordering. Excellent delivery time/date on an island. Perfect birthday surprise for my wife.

B
B.T.
Wonderful set!

I purchased this as a gift for my father in law just before traveling to the UK for his birthday. It was a bit larger, and quite a bit heavier, than I anticipated so I had to check a bag to get it over there, but the hassle was more than worth it.

He is a knowledgeable historian of middle age Europe and immediately identified the Hauteville family, providing quite a few details about them and their various exploits. Needless to say, he loved the gift. It was perfect and the quality was high for resin pieces. Next up - larger board for him to properly play on :)

S
S.V.
5/5

House of Hauteville Chessmen - Antique White and Black Marble Resin

A
A.
House of Hauteville Chess Set

Just received my set in ivory and black marble resin. I am a collector of sets from all over the world. This set is close to the best one yet. Excellent weight, felt bottoms, Looks like it was carved out of stone.
My wish list for this set is to make some other colors like emeral green, asure blue and crimson red. I like to display my sets, only room for one at a time, but the colors mentioned would be a great change while keeping the fabulous design for "show-off".




Why Chess House?

Unique Selection
of vetted products

Safe Packaging
and worldwide shipping

100% Satisfaction
90 Day Guarantee, Easy Returns

Easy Replacement Parts
if you ever need it