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Vase and cover; soft-paste porcelain; high-shouldered baluster form with out-turned neck and domed cover surmounted by pointed button knop; broad foot-ring; glazed base; painted with boar hunt with rider, two figures, one on ground, and dogs; reverse: lake-side scene with waterfall; cover painted with landscape scenes; rococo cartouche surrounded by elaborate gilded decoration, all on underglaze-blue ground; gilded decoration includes flower sprays and butterflies; marked.
- Production date
- 1768-1770 (circa)
Height: 34.70 centimetres
- Curator's comments
Pair with 1923,0215.1
In set with 1923,0215.3
Text from Dawson 2007:
These thrown balluster vases with painted hunting scenes were probaly made to be seen together. On one vase the scenes represent a bear hunt with dogs, a rider wielding a sword and a man with a pike at the left, with on the reverse two figures by a waterfall in a rocky landscape. On the other vase is a boar hunt with a rider, two figures, one lying on the ground, and dogs, and on the reverse is a lakeside scene with a waterfall. The main panels are enclosed by a rococo cartouche surrounded by elaborate gilded decoration. The cover of one is painted with an oval cartouche containing a running dog and another with a hare; the other is painted with landscape scenes. The gilt decoration on the underglaze-blue ground includes flower sprays and butterflies.
Both these vases are signed by Jeffereyes Hamett O'Neale. The first is signed below the spotted dog 'ONeale inv. &c' (indicating that O'Neale composed and painted the composition) and on the other side 'ON inv &c'. The second is inscribed on the rocks 'ONeal inv &c' and on the reverse 'O.N.P'. The proliferation of the artist's signatures on these senes is highly unusual (many of his painted vases are unsigned), so perhaps they had a special status. A rather similar unsigned bear hunt scene is painted on a two handled vase sold at Sotheby's 19 March 1969 (one of a pair).
Jefferyes Hamett O'Neale (1734-1801) was born in County Antrim, Ireland. He came to London in the early 1750s and was employed at the Chelsea porcelain factory until 1758. Between 1763 and 1766 he exhibited at the Society of Artists in London, then worked in Worcester from 1768 to 1770, from 1771 to 1773 he was again working at Chelsea.
A bill survives from Albert Amor to 'Frank Lloyd esqre of Coombe House, Croydon, dated 6 December 1922 for:
a very important Garniture of 3 Old Worcester Vases and Covers of inverted pear shape. A centre Vase and Cover of exceptional size and 2 smaller ones en-suite. the ground colour of dark blue is relieved with gilding of exceptional merit and the ground is further reserved with 2 heart-shaped panels on each vase: these are filled with, on the one side very boldly painted subjects of figures and animals fully coloured, and on the reverse with landscapes and river scenes. The additional interest in this unique set of vases is that the painted subjects are signed by the artist 'O.N.P.' and in several cases more fully O'NEALE invt&c.
The 'specially agreed' price, which included also a table ornament of circular baskets on a rockwork base, was no less than £3,500.
Dawson 1987 [Comment relating to the pair]
The elaborate gilded decoration, which owes a great deal to the Sèvres factory, is always considered to belong to the type of work practised at the Worcester factory, and therefore, as it is always the last element of decoration (being fired at a lower temperature than enamel colours), these vases are thought to have been decorated by O'Neale when he was employed at the factory, apparently between 1768 and 1770 when he is recorded there.
Literature: W. H. Tapp, 'Jefferyes Hamett O'Neale - Artist Part I', Apollo, vol. XXXI, no. 186, June 1940, pp. 156-160, fig. 1.
- Bibliographic references
Hobson 1923 / Catalogue of the Frank Lloyd Collection of Worcester Porcelain of the Wall Period presented by Mr. and Mrs. Frank Lloyd in 1921 to the Department of Ceramics and Ethnography in the British Museum (348 & pl.73)
Tapp 1938 / Jefferyes Hamet O'Neale 1734-1801 (pl.6, fig.10)
Marshall 1954 / Coloured Worcester Porcelain of the First Period (part II, pl. 46, nos. 940 and 941)
Barrett 1966a / Worcester Porcelain and Lund's Bristol (pl.80)
Dawson 1987 / Rare and Documentary 18th Century English Porcelain from the British Museum (52)
Dawson 2007 / The Art of Worcester Porcelain 1751-1788, Masterpieces from the British Museum collection (pp.110-12)
Ferguson 2021 / Pots, Prints and Politics: Ceramics with an Agenda, from the 14th to the 20th Century (Chapter 11, p.113, fig. 150) (Sheila O'Connell, 'Jefferyes Hamett O'Neale (act. 1750-1801): Porcelain Painter and Print Designer', pp. 109-115)
- On display (G46/dc21)
- Exhibition history
1987 Jun 10-Jun 15, London, International Ceramics Fair and Seminar Ltd, 'International Ceramics Fair and Seminar'
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
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