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Teacup and Saucer with Aesop’s Fables of the “Lion and the Mouse” and the “Fox and the Grapes”

Manufacturer: Chelsea Porcelain Manufactory

Decorator: Decoration attributed toJefferyes O'Neale

Date: c.1752-1755
Overall (G95.6.1.1): 5.7 x 8.3 x 6.7 cm (2 1/4 x 3 1/4 x 2 5/8 in.)
Overall (G95.6.1.2): 2.5 x 13 x 12.4 cm (1 x 5 1/8 x 4 7/8 in.)
Medium: Glassy (frit) soft-paste porcelain with overglaze enamels
Credit Line: Anonymous Gift
Origin:England, London, Chelsea
Object number: G95.6.1.1-2
DescriptionA Chelsea Aesop's Fable-decorated octagonal teacup and yellow-ground saucer painted in the manner of Jefferyes Hamett O'Neale. The cup has an elaborate scrolled handle, decorated in polychrome enamels with a depiction of 'The Lion and Mouse'. The interior has florals and an insect. The saucer is decorated with a depiction of 'The Fox and Grapes', inside a double iron-red line circular cartouche, surrounded by scattered florals. The exterior has a yellow-ground, and chocolate brown line rims.