Chessmen of the Gods by Franklin Mint
Offered here is a set of The Chessmen of the Gods, the premiere work of art by the Franklin Mint, produced in 1988. Each of the chess pieces are original sculptures, meticulously hand crafted in the finest bisque porcelain, accented with 24 karat gold banding. A masterpiece of incomparable Elegance, the chessmen were inspired by Gods of Ancient Greece & Rome and created by World-Renowned sculptor Stuart Mark Feldman, handcrafted in White and Black Bisque porcelain. The King stands an impressive Kings 6 inches Tall. The Chessmen of the Gods is complete with its original storage box, porcelain chessboard. Included are five of the Collector Portfolio cards: Aphrodite, the White Queen; Venus, the Black Queen; Zeus, the White King; Poseidon, the White Bishop; and the Griffin, the White Pawn. The chessmen are as new. The storage box has a few very minor blemishes, likely caused by the removal of the chessboard. The large Verawood and Holly chessboard on which the pieces are displayed is not included, but an appropriate chessboard can be purchased here.
Throughout its history, the Franklin Mint has been known for creating luxury versions of several chess sets, but none is more exquisite than their Chess Set of the Gods.
King: Jupiter (Jove), King of Gods
Queen: Venus, Goddess of Love
Bishops: Minerva, Goddess of Wisdom; Neptune God of the Seas
Knights: Diana, Goddess of the Hunt and Moon; Mercury God of Merchants and Merchandise
Rooks: Corinthian Columns
Pawns: Roman Eagle
King: Zeus, King of the Olympian Gods
Queen: Aphrodite, Goddess of Love
Bishops: Athena, Goddess of Wisdom, Poseidon God of the Sea
Knights: Hermes, God of commerce, Artemis Goddess of the Hunt and Moon
Rooks: Ionic Column
The playing pieces have been designed with black pieces representing Roman gods and white pieces representing their Greek counterparts. Each piece is clearly identified by the name of the God under the base. The quality and detail of these pieces is impeccable. These majestic pieces can be proudly displayed as statuettes — it’s like having a miniature museum exhibit! This lot includes the 32 chess pieces, the storage/display case, and all of the original description cards.