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Queen's ware chess-pieces as originally designed by John Flaxman - 1871

Queen's ware chess-pieces as originally designed by John Flaxman, © Wedgwood Museum
    Queen's ware chess-pieces as originally designed by John Flaxman
    © Wedgwood Museum

Chess-pieces; queen, bishop, two fools, knight. Queen's ware with inlaid clay of a contrasting shade. Originally designed by John Flaxman in 1783 1871

Chess-pieces; queen, bishop, two fools, knight. Queen's ware with inlaid clay of a contrasting shade. Originally designed by John Flaxman in 1783 1871

  • Type of object: Portraits and figures/chess piece
  • Mark: WEDGWOOD
    [Impressed]
  • Year produced: 1871
  • Body: Queen's ware, cream-coloured earthenware
  • Decoration: inlaid
  • Accession number: 3943

Related people

  • John Flaxman Jnr RA

    John Flaxman Jnr RA (1754 - 1825)

    English sculptor, and designer, born in York, the son of a modeller and maker of plaster casts. The family moved to Covent Garden, London in 1756. In 1766 at the age of 11 Flaxman Jnr won a premium from the Society of Arts, now the Royal Society of Arts, enrolling three years later as one of the first students of the newly founded Royal Academy Schools. He exhibited for the first time at the Academy in 1770, and had come to the attention of the founder of the Wedgwood company, Josiah I himself, in 1771. By 1775 Flaxman Jnr had commenced to provide models and designs to the Wedgwood factory. Flaxman at Wedgwood’s behest went to Rome in 1787, where he remained, studying classical architecture and arts until 1794. During this period Flaxman supplied many important designs to Wedgwood. Amongst these can be numbered the famous ‘Apotheosis of Homer’ relief and vase; ‘Hercules in the Garden of Hesperides’; various bust subjects including Mercury, as well as the Josiah Wedgwood memorial in St Peter ad Vincula, Stoke-on-Trent’s parish church. Flaxman also supplied a huge range of portrait medallions and smaller sized bas reliefs for use by the firm.

Glossary

  • Queen’s ware

    Queen’s ware

    In 1765 Wedgwood provided a tea and coffee service to Her Majesty Queen Charlotte (wife of George III) in the new earthenware body he had recently perfected. She was so pleased with the set that she not only allowed Josiah to style himself ‘Potter to Her Majesty’, she also allowed him to call his new earthenware ‘Queen’s ware’ - a name by which Wedgwood’s cream coloured earthenware is still known today.