The great ceramic decorator Jefferyes O´Neale produced some of the Worcester factory´s most impressive and memorable works. O´Neale is best known for his ceramic pieces decorated with scenes inspired by the English illustrator Francis Barlow´s Aesop´s Fables.

Probably born in Ireland in 1734, by the 1750s he was living in London and working as a china painter at the Chelsea Porcelain Factory. He later moved to Worcester where he worked as an independent decorator. This stunning vase has all the hallmarks of O´Neale´s work: heart-shaped reserves, mauve clouds, faceted rocks, blue mountains, leggy tree canopies and lively animals, all rendered with an illustrator´s whimsy.


  • Title: Vase with Three Lions
  • Date Created: 1768 - 1770
  • Physical Dimensions: w21.6 x h48.3 cm (overall)
  • Type: Ceramic
  • External Link: MFAH
  • Medium: Soft-paste porcelain
  • Manufacturer: Worcester Porcelain Manufactory
  • Decorator: Jefferyes Hamett O'Neale
  • Credit Line: The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, The Rienzi Collection, museum purchase funded by Mr. and Mrs. Harris Masterson III, by exchange


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