King chess figure (chess piece / figure)

Decorative Art

Ownership/credit: Purchased with support from the V&A Purchase Grant Fund and the Art Fund.

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One of three Saltglazed stoneware chess pieces made by the Martin Brothers at Southall, London in 1901-2. This is all that remains of a full set of figures: a King, Queen and Bishop. Chess pieces were usually made by Wallace Martin at a financial loss to the pottery as the intricate modelling took so much time.

This object is on display at RAMM in the Courtyard.

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