9 July 2001
A Chelsea fable-decorated flared octagonal cream-jug
With pinched lip and flat scroll handle, painted by Jefferyes Hammet O'Neale with a piebald horse kicking a lion beneath a tree, the reverse with a horse fleeing from a fallen lion in a mountainous landscape, with birds in flight above, the interior with a ruined building and a distant blue mountain beside a tree surrounded by birds in flight, beneath a brown line rim (top terminal of handle lacking, minute blemish to tip of lip)
4¾ in. (12 cm.) wide
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See Major W.H. Tapp, M.C., 'The First Chelsea Fable Painter', Apollo, August 1943, fig. VI, for a teapot painted with the same subject, 'The Horse and the Lion', Fable 55 from Francis Barlow's version of Aesop's Fables.
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