1816 England Watercolor Board Game " Game Of The Jew " Unique Antique Judaica For Sale
Not including the inner gold colored frame or outer wood frame, just the artwork itself, this measures 19 inches high, 15.75 inches wide. Watercolor and gold leaf on paper; crosshatched border line reveals gold tooling, numerals gold tipped. Backed by a marbled board of which two partially legible old labels remain; one stating "done by William Chapman...Born February 5, 1797...died about 1860". The other label: "1816...W. Chapman...born 17...died about 1838".
Beginning in 1807 in England, mass produced printed paper games titled "The New Game of the Jew" were offered for sale in England. These printed versions are rare today and command prices in the £3,000 to £5,000 range at antique shops in England. All of these printed examples display an Oriental Jew, his head covered in a turban, seated at a table with bags of gold coins and a numeral 7 by his side.
In the present remarkable version that I am offerring, the artist of this piece chose to depict what he and the rest of English society saw as "the Jew they knew", that of the European-Jewish peddler, offering his inexpensive trinkets and wares. Obviously a contradiction arises, as while the figure is pointing to what appears to be gold coins, he is, in the end, still a humble peddler, a far cry from the standard image, that of the despised moneylender.
Please see "A History of Jewish Costume" by Alfred Rubens and "Jewish Pedlars and Hawkers" by Betty Nagar for some strikingly similar images of 18th and early 19th century Jewish peddlers in England.
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1816 England Watercolor Board Game " Game Of The Jew " Unique Antique Judaica: $4,500