Berkeley Chess Alice in Wonderland (brown) Chessmen

Berkeley Chess
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Comprising 32 Chessmen

Utilising a careful process, this range of chess sets are stained in Russet (a contemporary brown). It’s then further stained to add an antique effect. This results in an aged beautiful set that is eye catching and really stands out. They are well weighted with an improved ratio of crushed marble and resin, and then finished with a felt underlay.

Colour: Stained Brown

King Height 3.5" (9cm)
King Dia 1.3" (3.5cm)
King Weight 70g (2.5oz)

This beautiful chess set is based on characters by Lewis Carroll in his two famous stories “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and “Through the Looking Glass”. The skilled artists of Berkeley Chess have brought Carroll’s memorable characters to life.

Lewis Carroll, the pen name of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, was a lecturer in mathematics at Christ Church, Oxford, when he wrote the stories to amuse and entertain the young children of the Dean of Christ Church.  He chose as the heroine of his stories Alice Liddell, the eldest daughter of the Dean.  The children were so entranced by the stories that their mother persuaded Dodgson to have them published.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” appeared in 1865 and “Through the Looking Glass” in 1872.  Both books were superbly illustrated by John Tenniel and it is on his drawings that these chess figures are based.  Indeed “Through the Looking Glass” has as part of its basic structural theme a game of chess in which Alice, as the White Queen’s pawn, advances to the eighth square where she herself becomes a Queen.

The main characters from Lewis Carroll’s wonderful and imaginative tale are brought to life by the creative artists of Berkeley Chess as follows:

The King:         The White King

The Queen:      Alice

The Bishop:     The Mad Hatter

The Knight:     The White Knight

The Rook:        Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee

The Pawn   :     White Rabbit

 

ABOUT BERKELEY CHESS 

 

Based in the heart of rural Somerset in the South West of England, Berkeley Chess is the brainchild of three experienced business professionals who all have a shared passion for chess. Baron Turner, Michael Lee and Peter Kingett formed the business in early 2017 to answer the growing demand for imaginative and functional gift products which can be supplied with ultra efficiency and flexibility at realistic prices.

 

The company encapsulates the best of British craft manufacturing combined with innovative designs and state of the art administrative support. The result is a business supplying the most comprehensive collection of decorative chess sets to the specialist gift sector, heritage retail, online operations and mail order markets.

 

Utilising traditional production techniques each chess set beautifully replicates the original sculptures, painstakingly created by talented artists. The exquisite detail of the design is brought to life by careful development of a silicon mould and a unique staining and polishing technique which emphasises the fine detail of the original figures. Each piece is then finished off with the application of a protective felt base and presented in beautiful yet practical packaging.