House of Hauteville Chessmen - Antique White and Brown Marble Resin

SKU: CV101
Sale price$399.00 USD
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About The House of Hauteville Chessmen - Antique White and Brown Marble Resin

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

The House of Hauteville chess pieces are handcrafted entirely in the US. The pieces are substantial from 3 to 5 inches tall and are ideal with a chessboard of at least 2" squares. 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 chessmen are designed for the enjoyment of all - the serious player and the collector. We hope everyone will enjoy the artistry and humor of the 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.


  • 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

Product Specs

King Height
King Base

Customer Reviews

Based on 12 reviews
Julian Donohoe
Excellent Quality & Prompt Delivery

These are beautifully sculpted faithful reproductions of the famous "Charlemagne Set" with a few changes. I was surprised a the speed of delivery as they travelled from the US to Western Australia in little over a week. I look forward to seeing reproductions of the original King and Queen as well as the elephants and chariots to add on.

Richard Foerster
Somewhat disappointed

The main issue l have with the set is that the antique white pieces are darker than pictured and look "dirty" rather than antique. I've attached pictures of some of the "white" pieces. The set was shipped with pieces individually wrapped in paper instead of inserted in foam protection. One of the brown pawns has a tiny chip on the base. The bottoms are felted with one large dot rather than at the four corners, but the pieces don't wobble so that's fine. I still like the overall design. The pieces are readily distinguishable from one another, so it is good for play.

Erin S.
Beautiful pieces

These pieces are beautifully rendered, with just enough detail to give character. They make the board come alive!

Stuart Price
Will not Disappoint

this set does not disappoint. it is in every way as substantial in person as it is in picture. the size and weight of this set is as balanced as the design and detail built into each piece. we especially enjoyed the purpose designed into the expressions of each character. we had a minor shipping issue (damaged piece) and service was swift and responsive with a replacement at our door in days.

Michael Davenport
Haven’t seen it yet.

I’ve been asked to give a review of a chess set I ordered two weeks ago. Unfortunately, I cannot give a review because it has not yet arrived