Avant Garde Staunton Chessmen.
If you have been searching for some truly unique chessmen to grace your favorite chess table, you have finally found it! The Avant Garde Staunton Chessmen are the newest member of the Camaratta Signature Line of chessmen. Tired of the same boring variations on the Staunton design? Looking for something original – a new paradigm perhaps? Then here is a refreshing approach to brighten your chessic landscape. Meet the Avant Garde Staunton Chessmen. With their graceful, up-swept stems, piece-to-piece design consistency, mold-breaking Knights and a radical new King’s finial, these pieces make a statement like no other set of chessmen can. The chessmen are available in several different wood combinations. Shown here are the chess pieces in Tulip Wood and Rosewood. A set of Boxwood pieces are shown for clarity.
To cater to your creative side, this set of 38 chessmen is delivered with a second set of Queens, two distinct Knight styles and three interchangeable Kings’ finials. One steed is a variation on the more classic Knight, the other is simply a step beyond. Then there are those extra Kings finials. Apart from the more traditional Formee cross and Eastern ball finials, here is an entirely new concept, a fountain flowing gracefully into a Maltese cross. Each set of Avant Garde Staunton Chessmen has a full Club-size King, 4-1/2” tall, with a 1-7/8” diameter base, and is designed for play on chessboard with 2-3/8” or 2-1/2” squares. Looking for a suitable chessboard to display your new or antique heirloom? To view our extensive collection of new and antique chessboards, please click here.
This robust playing set designed for the rigors of tournament and rapid play while retaining the grace and elegance you have come to expect from a set of House of Staunton chessmen. Specifically designed by Frank Camaratta, the chessmen feature properly balanced weighting and a stately Rook that projects the proper force for a major piece on the chessboard. A unique feature, pioneered by Frank and used in all his latest creations, is the use of brass threaded studs and inserts to secure the Knight head to the base. Should the base ever become damaged, the Knight head, which is the most unique and expensive feature of a chess set, can be preserved.
The House of Staunton was founded in 1993 and incorporated in 1999. When building the House of Staunton, Frank’s vision was to create chessmen that captured the feel and exquisite old-World craftsmanship found in those early Jaques Staunton pattern chess sets. In line with that pursuit, he needed to recreate the masterful workmanship of the Knights which were derived from the noble steeds whose visages are captured in the Parthenon frieze (expropriated in 1806 by Thomas Bruce, 7th Lord of Elgin and since referred to as the Elgin Marbles). The distinctive, finely detailed Knight head was the hallmark of the original Staunton design. that unique feature is evident in every Exquisite set of House of Staunton chessmen designed by M. Camaratta.
The House of Staunton name is now recognized World-Wide – the chessmen for those with exquisite taste. They are so well respected that they even made the comics!