The great ceramic decorator Jefferyes O´Neale produced some of the Worcester factory´s most impressive and memorable works. O´Neale is best known for his ceramic pieces decorated with scenes inspired by the English illustrator Francis Barlow´s Aesop´s Fables. Probably born in Ireland in 1734, by the 1750s he was living in London and working as a china painter at the Chelsea Porcelain Factory. He later moved to Worcester where he worked as an independent decorator. This stunning vase has all the hallmarks of O´Neale´s work: heart-shaped reserves, mauve clouds, faceted rocks, blue mountains, leggy tree canopies and lively animals, all rendered with an illustrator´s whimsy.


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Artist
Decorated by Jefferyes Hamett O'Neale, Irish, c. 1734–1801, active England
Manufacturer
Manufactured by Worcester Porcelain Manufactory, English, established 1751
Title
Vase with Three Lions
Date
1768–1770
Medium
Soft-paste porcelain
Dimensions
Overall: 19 × 8 1/2 in. (48.3 × 21.6 cm)
Credit Line

The Rienzi Collection, museum purchase funded by Mr. and Mrs. Harris Masterson III, by exchange

Current Location
Rienzi
FOYER
Accession Number
2003.50.A,.B
Classification
Ceramics
Provenance

[Brian Haughton Antiques, London]; purchased by MFAH, 2003.