Doulton’s Checkmate with Tinworth

Few artists carry the gravitas of George Tinworth, but as Doulton’s first artist that mantle certainly is deserving.

On our Facebook page we’ve seen three examples of his work today and to complete a trio I thought I’d share this charming and possibly unique and complete chess set. Naturally individual pieces occasionally crop up, however, a complete set is something of a true marvel. We were fortunate to see this set in person at Whitley’s Auctioneers’ sale in California in June.

The unique set at Whitley Auctioneers’ June Sale

Tinworth is famous for his mouse studies and groups, apparently encouraged by no other than Sir Henry himself in their creation. This particular set dates to the last decade of the 20C.

An early photograph of a complete set c.1890.

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