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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:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    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:


  • Gallery location:

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

Physical description

Stoneware chesspiece; the white rook. Man on look-out atop a castle tower.

Place of Origin

London (made)


1902 (dated)


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

Materials and Techniques

Salt-glazed stoneware

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

White rook, 'Martin Ware' chess piece, modelled by R. Wallace Martin and made by R.W. Martin & Brothers, London

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, London, England,

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


Stoneware; Salt glaze




Ceramics; Art Pottery; Stoneware


Ceramics Collection

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