John Rogers sculpture #CC998.196.1
Sculpture in plaster, marked "Checkers Up At The Farm," by John Rogers, New York, standing 53 cm. high, 46 cm. wide and 33 cm. deep. The sculpture is also inscribed "Patented December 28, 1875." The Checker Players was produced in a run of 5,000 pieces and sold originally for $15.00. The value appears to have increased substantially.
John Rogers, born at Salem, Massachusetts, in 1829, began sculpting in clay in the late 1850s, spent time in Paris and Rome in 1858-9, then returned to the United States. While he executed some larger works, he seems to be best known for his smaller pieces, such as the Checker Players. He died at New Haven, Connecticut, in 1904.