wooden chess set being hand-illustrated in black ink
Leonardo Frigo hand-illustrated Art Chess set using hand-made ink

Art Chess – Hand Painted Chess Sets

Art Chess by Purling London are individually hand painted by specially commissioned British and international artists and no two sets are the same. From established figures to rising stars of the contemporary art scene, Purling has collaborated with over 30 artists to date, including Sophie Matisse, Thierry Noir, Kate Brinkworth, Inkie and Mr. Doodle. Complete with an artist-signed certificate, or signed chess board and our exceptional maple or painted boards; each hand-carved, triple-weighted Art Chess is a miniature sculptural masterpiece.


  • 34 hand-carved boxwood chess pieces, triple-weighted, 10.2cm
  • Individually and uniquely hand-painted by Purling London’s specially commissioned, British and international contemporary artists
  • Purling London branded leather felts
  • Premium Black Anegre and Bird’s-eye Maple board, 3kg, 55cmx55cm; or specially hand-painted board finished with deep gloss lacquer
  • Luxury Purling packaging
  • Signed chess board or signed certificate

We regularly create Art Chess sets to our client’s specification, with their preferred artist and colour palette. Often customers wish to celebrate a personal memory, theme or their corporate brand through the design. Others wish to complement their home’s interior or even match the paint of their classic car. We work closely with our client and their chosen artist to produce the perfect chess set.

Typically we offer 4 inch bespoke Art Chess sets on a 55cm hand-painted or Bird’s eye Maple board, however these pieces can also be matched with a borderless 45cm board. Lead time is typically 10-12 weeks. Please enquire via our contact form below and we will revert back shortly to assist you.

The Purling Team

enamel painted chess pieces
Art Chess by Lhouette
Zizi Donohoe Art Chess in progress
Art Chess by Zizi Donohoe in progress
(Photo credit: Zizi Donohoe)
Art Chess by Sickboy
Sickboy x Purling London Art Chess

black, red and white hand-painted chess set in an interior
Inkie x Purling London Art Chess photograph by Boscolo
Artist finishing her hand-painted chess sets
Olivia Pilling signing her latest chess sets
Art Chess ornament by Leonardo Frigo
Art Chess ornament by Leonardo Frigo
Mr Jiver Art Chess
Art Chess by Mr Jiver
Art Chess by Nette Robinson

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