The King Arthur hand painted themed chess pieces by Italfama

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  • Made in Italy.
  • Superb detail.
  • Beautifully crafted.
  • 3.25 inch King.
  • Perfect for a 15.75 inch board.

Indulge in the renowned quality of Italfama with this exquisite set of hand-painted chess pieces. King Arthur commands his army with regal elegance, while his beloved Guinevere stands by his side in a stunning white gown. The wise Merlin takes on the role of the bishop, adorned in flowing robes, a grey beard, and a staff. Passelande, depicted as the knight, is cloaked in the colours of the king, with Camelot as their stronghold. And don't forget the army of pawns, led by the armoured Sir Lancelot.

King Lot leads his army, accompanied by his wife Morgause, who not only holds the title of queen but is also Arthur's half-sister and the mother of Mordred, fathered by none other than King Arthur himself. Mordred, depicted as a menacing bishop on the chess board, rides a steed draped in the king's colors, while the rook is represented by a turreted castle. This formidable army is completed by Melehan, Mordred's son, who serves as the pawn. To fully appreciate the artistry of these exquisite chess pieces, we recommend a board measuring around 16 inches. For a flawless match, our 15.75 inch walnut and maple board is the perfect complement to the regal King Arthur Hand Painted Chess Set.

The King Arthur chess pieces by Italfama pay homage to the legendary British leader, known for defending Britain against Saxon invaders in the late 5th and early 6th centuries AD. His story, woven with folklore, continues to be a subject of debate among modern historians. King Arthur's majestic horses, Llamrei and Hengroen, are immortalized in these hand painted pieces, while the French sources refer to his beloved steed as Passelande. However, despite various sources, the historical background of Arthur remains enigmatic. His queen, Guinevere, is also captured in these exquisite chess pieces. In popular medieval romances, her passionate love affair with Lancelot, her husband's trusted knight, is a key element.

The King Arthur hand painted themed chess pieces by Italfama feature a figure steeped in myth and legend - the powerful wizard Merlin. In the medieval texts of Geoffrey of Monmouth, Merlin is a composite of Myrddin Wylt and Ambrosius Aurelianus, and is said to rest eternally in the enchanted Broceliande Forest in Brittany. Another iconic figure in the Arthurian Legend is Sir Lancelot, renowned for his skill in battle and at the joust. However, his love affair with Queen Guinevere leads to a devastating civil war and the downfall of Arthur's kingdom.

Lot was the predominant ruler of Lothian, with some sources claiming that he also held power in Orkney and Norway. He is often portrayed as the spouse of Arthur's sister, who is referred to as either Anna or Morgause. Mordred, infamous for his treachery, betrayed Arthur in the Battle of Camlann. In the end, both Mordred and Arthur met their demise, with Mordred being Arthur's illegitimate son from his half-sister Morgause, who was married to King Lot.

Includes:

  • 32 chessmen
  • 1 rules booklet
  • Two year warranty

Specification:

King Height 3.25 inches
King Base Diameter 1 inches
King Weight 35.6 grams
Pawn Height 2.7 inches
Pawn Weight 16.9 grams
Pawn Base Diameter 1 inches
Weight 0.8 kg
Materials Crushed stone resin
Style Themed
Number of Queens 2