Luxery metal chessboards
Metal chessboards have always been considered very luxery. No wonder that they were owned and linked to nobles and monarchs. A nice example is the Charlemagne's chessboard which can be found in Roncesvalles (see detail above). The Charlemagne chessboard can be placed in the Gothic period of the second half of the 14th century. This chessboard is made up of a wooden core covered in partially silver plated sheets, translucent glazes and glass.
Enamel brass chess boards
The origins of the use of enamel are lost in the mists of time, but its qualities have always been highly prized. The remarkably well-preserved enamelled pottery and jewellery found on sites of ancient Egyptian and Persian civilisations testify to the astonishing durability of this material. The finish which enamel produces is usually a hard and glossy surface and the base is usually bronze. The enamel provides durability and a beautiful glossy appearance. The enamel technique is very much associated with the Romanesque style which was fashionable in the 11th century.
Because of this history the chess pieces on these beautiful chess boards are often of the figurative style representing historical figures. Enamel chessboards are very beautiful and give directly gives a chique impression if used as underground for these chess pieces. Gold and silver chess pieces combine very well with the enamel chessboards. The color is usually brown, since that combines best with other furniture, although blue, red and green enamel also produces very beautiful chessboards.