Bishop chess piece

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.

Purchased with assistance from the V&A Purchase Grant and the National Art Collections Fund (Art Fund)
Accession Loan No.
Collection Class
Studio ceramics
Common Name
Bishop chess piece
Simple Name
chess piece / figure
Full Name
chess piece: figure of a Bishop
whole height 130 mm
Production Person Surname
Martin Brothers; Martin
Production Person Initials
; Robert Wallace
Period Classification
Edwardian (1901-1914)
Production Date
Production Year Low
Production Year High
Production Town
Southall; Southall
Production County
London; London
Production Country
United Kingdom: England; England
Production Area Region
Northern Europe
Production Continent
Family Group

stoneware (saltglazed)

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