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Field of Cloth of Gold by Rudolph Kammer, mid 20th Century

The Rudolph Kammer Field of Cloth of Gold Chess Set is a Twentieth Century limited edition of 1000 Porcelain chess sets. The Kings stand an impressive 7.25″ tall with a 2-1/4” diameter base. The pieces depict the contestants and representatives of Henry VIII of England versus those representing Francis I of France. Each piece is signed on the base and is gilt-heightened and polychromed. This chess set was created to commemorate the Field of Cloth of Gold extravaganza. Like the Third Crusade chessmen, the Field of Cloth of Gold Porcelain Chess Pieces was conceived in France by the artist J. J. Van Gerdinge in the 20th century and produced in Germany. It is made of polychromed hard-paste porcelain. The elaborately dressed royal figures are not only based on historical personages, but they also actually look like them.

This magnificent set was featured in Chess Masterpieces: One Thousand Years of Extraordinary Chess Sets book by George Dean.

Gilt-heightened and polychrome, featuring Henry VIII and Francis I of France, English side with troubadour bishops, falconer knights, rooks as the Tower of London, French side with chancellors as bishops, rooks as the stair tower at Blois by J-J. van Gerdinge, each base signed and numbered, from a limited edition.

The royal figures are not only based on historical personages, they actually look like them. The king on the English side is Henry VIII and his queen is Jane Seymour. On the French size, the king is an impressive Francis I and the queen is his sister, Margaret.

The Field of Cloth of Gold, also known as the Field of Golden Cloth (Le Camp du Drap d Or) is the name given to a place in Balinghem, between Guines and Ardres, in France, near Calais. It was the site of the famous meeting that took place from 7 June to 24 June 1520, between King Henry VIII of England and King Francis I of France; Arranged to increase the bond of friendship between the two monarchs following the Anglo-French treaty of 1514.

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