Luke Honey | Decorative Antiques, Chess, Backgammon & Games


October 23, 2018

Rare collection of antique jasperware chessmen, after the designs by John Flaxman (1755-1826) for Wedgwood and taken from the characters in Shakespeare's Macbeth. The original designs date from circa 1783.

These particular chessmen are likely to be period copies from these original designs, and as they are not stamped "Wedgwood" we can assume that they are not from the Wedgwood Factory. The rather rustic rooks are unusual- and differ from the rooks found in the standard set.