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First Period Worcester Porcelain Aesop's Fable Plate, Lord Henry Thynne Pattern, Painting By Jefferyes Hamett O'Neale of The Fable of The Mischievous Dog,

18th Century  Worcester Porcelain Aesop's Fable Plate,

Lord Henry Thynne Pattern,

Fable of The Mischievous Dog,

Painting Attributed to Jefferyes Hamett O'Neale,

Circa 1780.

(Ref: ny9036-iimr)

The First Period Worcester porcelain scalloped plate is painted with a central circular reserved panel with a painting of The Aesop's Fable, The Mischievous dog by Jefferyes Hamett O'Neale. The border with groupings of fruit and birds in the Lord Henry Thynne pattern and the rim with a deep blue band with alternating blocks of very fine different gilt diaper designs.  The central panel with three dogs, one with a heavy collar on grass by a river bank.  Historically this service has been dated slightly earlier and the painting attributed to O'Neale.

Dimensions: Diameter 8 3/8 inches x 1 1/2 inches high

Mark:  Blue crescent mark.

The Aesop's Fable- The Mischievous Dog

A dog used to run up quietly to the heels of everyone he met, and to bite them without notice.  His master suspended a bell about his neck so that the Dog might give notice of his presence wherever he went.  Thinking it a mark of distinction, the Dog

grew proud of his bell and went tinkling it all over the marketplace.  One day an old hound said to him:  Why do you make such an exhibition of yourself? That bell that you carry is not, believe me, any order of merit, but on the contrary a mark of disgrace, a public notice to all men to avoid you as an ill mannered dog."  

Notoriety is often mistaken for fame.

Reference: The Dictionary of Worcester Porcelain, Volume I, 1751-1851, Page 337 for discussion of the Lord Henry Thynne pattern and a plate illustrated with a very similar border design.  See Page 251 for discussion of Jefferyes Hamett O'Neale.

Coloured Worcester Porcelain of the First Period, H. Rissik Marshall, Page 43 discusses the source for O'Neale which, he suggests, is from Francis Barlow's fable number XXII.

The Bowles Collection of 18th-Century English and French Porcelain, Simon Spero, Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, Page 124, #122 for a pair of plates from the Same service.

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