JACQUI TAUB - 2019
LAWYERS AND CRIMINALS CHESS SET
Jacqui Taub taught herself the art of hand-sculpting, hand-painting and hand glazing ceramic figurines 20 years ago, when for no “apparent” reason, an image popped into her head of a Judaica man wearing a kippa and tallis. “I had to make it, even though I had no training in art or ceramics.” People from all over the world have collected her work which sold in Jerusalem, Israel – until osteoarthritis in both hands, hips and spine forced her early retirement.
Jacqui is now 72 and in 2015, when her then 3 year old granddaughter, Libby Nagel was diagnosed with a deadly cancer, and Jacqui was already taking care of her husband, who has cancer, “to keep my sanity” she challenged herself to start working again and design, one-of-a-kind chess sets. Her first set recently sold for a great deal of money, which Jacqui insisted the buyer, a collector of fine arts, donate to a charity, in gratitude to G-d for the help he was giving Libby and giving her the motivation to work again. This set is currently sitting amongst such works as Salvadore Dali in a private American collection.
“My aim is for each piece to represent and tell its own story, through facial expressions – eyes, mouth and hand “movements” – as well as their clothing; each character interacts with the others.”
The frame is mahogany and made by carpenter Jason Allen in Israel especially for Jacqui.
“When not in use, the players can be set up in fun ways on the board as a display and I must admit to the pleasure I receive in designing, sculpting, painting, glazing and firing them from my home in Israel.
But my greatest pleasure of all is that my granddaughter, Libby, now seven and a half has been cancer free for the last 3 years, B”Hashem.”
Part of the proceeds from the sale will be donated to charity.
Jacqui Taub, 2019