Versailles chess pieces


We recommend playing these pieces on a 24" board. (Board not included.)

Key figures:

  • King: Louis XIV the 'Sun King', based on Bernini's bust of Louis from the King's Grand Apartement (9" tall) 
  • Queen: Marie Therese
  • Bishop: Cardinal Richelieu
  • Knight: Jean Baptiste Colbert, the King's Chief Adviser
  • Castle: The detail of Hercules from the Salon of Apollo designed by Charles le Brun
  • Pawn: These are represented by a cherub from the allegorical paintings by le Brun of the Dauphin, Louis, rising from the ruins of Ancient Rome to assume the mantle laid down by his father

    Hand-painted only, made from cold-cast powdered marble and resin in Somerset.