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Chessmen (32)

Manufacturer:
Wedgwood and Co.
Designer:
John Flaxman (British, York 1755–1826 London)
Date:
early 19th century
Culture:
British, Etruria, Staffordshire
Medium:
Blue and white jasper
Dimensions:
Height (each king): 4 in. (10.2 cm); Height (each pawn): 2 1/4 in. (5.7 cm)
Classification:
Chess Sets
Credit Line:
Gift of Gustavus A. Pfeiffer, 1948
Accession Number:
48.174.130a–p, aa–pp
Not on view
The designs after which the set was modeled were made by John Flaxman for Josiah Wedgwood. The kings represent Charles Kemble as Macbeth, the queen Mrs. Siddons as Lady Macbeth and the tragic Muse. Among the pawns are three figures of jesters, made to replace bishops in sets to be sold in France. All four knights are the same but for the color.
Signature: On base of each: WEDGWOOD
father of Horace Deristhorpe ; by descent, Horace Deristhorpe , England (until 1932; through H. Roy Smith, sold for £60 to Pfeiffer); Gustavus A. Pfeiffer , New York (1932–48; to MMA)
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