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Chess piece - Martin Ware
  • Martin Ware
    Martin, Robert Wallace, born 1843 - died 1923
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Martin Ware

  • Object:

    Chess piece

  • Place of origin:

    Southall (made)

  • Date:

    June 1902 (dated)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Martin, Robert Wallace, born 1843 - died 1923 (modeller)
    Martin Brothers (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Salt-glazed stoneware

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Mrs Clara Boulnois

  • Museum number:

    C.211X-1921

  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 139, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 34, shelf 6

Physical description

Stoneware chess piece; the brown rook. Man on look-out atop a castle tower.

Place of Origin

Southall (made)

Date

June 1902 (dated)

Artist/maker

Martin, Robert Wallace, born 1843 - died 1923 (modeller)
Martin Brothers (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Salt-glazed stoneware

Marks and inscriptions

'RW Martin & Bros London & Southall / 6 1902'
Maker's mark incised on reverse

Dimensions

Height: 8.5 cm, Width: 3.9 cm

Object history note

Modelled at the suggestion of Mr J.J. Wade , second division clerk at the V&A, who supplied chessmen for the artist's reference. The set was sold to Mrs Boulnois for £20. (Apocryphal).

Descriptive line

Brown rook, from 'Martin Ware' chess set, modelled by R. Wallace Martin, made by R.W. Martin & Brothers, Southall, dated 1902

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Haslam, Malcolm. The Martin Brothers, Potters. Richard Dennis : London. 133 p., ill. fig. XXIV.

Labels and date

Chess Set 'Martin Ware'
Modelled by R. Wallace Martin, made by R.W. Martin & Brothers, Southall, Middlesex, England, dated 1902

C.211 X-1921 Mrs Clara Boulnois Bequest [23/05/2008]

Production Note

Dated June 1902.

Materials

Stoneware; Salt glaze

Techniques

Glazed

Categories

Ceramics; Art Pottery; Stoneware

Collection

Ceramics Collection

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