The combination of Adams' "Chess Players" print with this large inverted pear-sh...
The combination of Adams' "Chess Players" print with this large inverted pear-shape ewer creates one of the most lively examples of Staffordshire transferware we know.
The main focus of the pattern is a group of three aristocrats decked out in the elaborate dress of another era. In the scene which is repeated on each side of the jug, two stately women seated in an elaborate garden arbor have paused from their game of chess to speak to the courtly man standing nearby.
A swirling border of gaudy hibiscus-like flowers plays across an elaborate gridwork to envelop the large scalloped rim, the petite foot, and even the extravagant molded handle.
|Date:||1830's through mid-century|
|Dimensions:||Height 12 1/4 in.; width 10 in.; diameter 7 3/4 in.|
The "Chess Players" design seems to have been used by the Adams in only three ways; this e...
The "Chess Players" design seems to have been used by the Adams in only three ways; this ewer,which originally would have accompanied a large basin for use in a chamber set; a wonderful centerpiece fruit bowl; and a souvenir plate with a border of gaudy enameled and molded flowers. However one encounters it, and especially in this ewer, the pattern inevitably achieves that sense of fantasy, mystery and opulence which we find so engaging in the best romantic transfer.