Checkmate: Purling London


Purling London takes the aesthetics of chess to bold new heights. Turning rich, handcrafted Staunton chess pieces into works of art, Purling London should appeal to both art collectors and refined chess players. We think it is an interesting concept. Think about it, instead of putting a chess set back into storage after a game, you could leave these set out for everyone to admire.

Purling London offers two concepts, Art Chess and Dark Chess.

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Art Chess - Joanna Scislowicz

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Art Chess - Olivia Pilling

Tournament sized and weighing 3kg, each Art Chess board is crafted using Black Anegre and Bird’s-eye maple. The pieces for the different sets are hand-painted by specially commissioned British contemporary artists, Joanna Scislowicz, Olivia Pilling and Richard Morrissey. The chess sets from the different artists, cost £1495, £1995 and £2,495 respectively.

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Art Chess - Richard Morrissey

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Dark Chess - Black

Dark Chess uses technology to illuminate the game and the chess board. The board casts intriguing, avante-garde shadows over the silhouette of the hand-crafted chess pieces. Each set comes with a chess piece box and a certificate signed by the designer. Purling London welcomes customer commissions of the pieces’ color and board logo. The Dark Chess set is priced at £2495.

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Dark Chess Burnt Orange

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