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ca. 1770

Jefferyes Hamett O'Neale

English, 1734-1801

The scene illustrates the fable “The Eagle and the Tortoise,” inspired by Francis Barlow’s version of Æsop’s Fables published in 1687.

Soft paste porcelain
Diam.: 7 1/2 in.
Kenneth and Priscilla Klepser Porcelain Collection
Provenance: The James McHarg Collection, until 1949; [Mr T. Leonard Crow, Tewkesbury, England, 1949]; sold to Mr and Mrs Kenneth and Priscilla Klepser, 1949-1994 (cf. Mr Crow’s letter dated January 12, 1950 to Mr Klepser); gift from Mr and Mrs Kenneth and Priscilla Klepser to Seattle Art Museum, Washington, 1994
Now on view at the Seattle Art Museum


Exhibition HistorySeattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, Worcester Porcelain: The Klepser Collection, August 8, 1985-September 22, 1985. 1984-85 circuit included: Minneapolis, MN, Minneapolis Institute of Art; San Francisco, CA, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco; Atlanta, GA, High Museum of Art; Sarasota, FL, Ringling Museum of Art.

Published ReferencesEmerson, Julie. "The Klepser Collection of Worcester porcelain." The Magazine Antiques, January 1988.

Spero, Simon. Worcester Porcelain: The Klepser Collection. London: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts in association with Lund Humphries Publishers, 1984, p. 105, pp. 121-122, no. 136, illus. (b&w p. 121; color pl. 36)

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