Soigne (swn-'yA) is French for elegantly maintained or designed. Sophistication can come in a variety of designs. However, the most well-known is the Staunton design, which is named after Howard Staunton (a 19th century English chess player), and designed by Nathaniel Cook, in 1849. This set is intended to withstand the rigors of practical play while maintaining the elegance and pattern of the traditional Staunton styling. The design, quality, workmanship and finish of each chess piece are Soigne.
The Soigne Series from our Premier Collection is Crafted from Rosewood and Boxwood. Rosewood is strong, heavy, and richly hued reddish-brown timber taking an excellent polish, being suitable for creating decorative wood. The King stands 4" tall with a 1 3/4" base. From the sinuous Bishop to the ponderous Rook, these pieces are sure to delight. These pieces are weighted and fit well on a board with 2.125 - 2.5" squares.
Very disappointed in the pieces and in Wholesale Chess. The thing that attracted me to the Soigne set, aside from the design, was the rich mustard-yellow color of the pieces which would have looked nice with my wood chess boards. Before purchasing, I contacted Wholesale Chess about the color on two separate occasions, once by email and a few days later through chat. I asked whether the mustard yellow color shown on their website was in fact accurate and not a light blonde color like many of their other sets on their website. They assured me the color was the ochre yellow as shown. However, after purchasing and receiving the set I saw it was a light blonde color like many of their other sets. It was nothing at all like the color shown on their website (even though their representatives had twice assured me it was). When I contacted them about this discrepency, the customer service department said the light color is the color of those sets and there is no dark yellow color like in their photos. Unfortunately for me, it was a little late for the representative to check their actual product to give me accurate information. Now I have to repack this set and return it at my expense just to get a partial refund (since they also deduct their original shipping costs to me).
The tall pawns are nice. The bishop design is attractive. The knight pretty much looks more like a horse than many knights in other sets. The rook looks good but the battlements are not symmetrical. The queen is slender. The king is nice but the weights protruded on the bottom. If you're not a perfectionist this is a very nice set for the money. (some people are ridiculously picky) I'm satisfied.