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Emile Lessore for Wedgwood, Aesop's Fable Table Compote, 1865 - The Fox & The Stork
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This finely painted dish on three wonderfully moulded feet, is from a series of Aesop's Fables dinner ware which was hand painted for Wedgwood by the French artist Emile Lessore. It is made of the creamy clay body Wedgwood called Queen's Ware, painted in enamels and finished with a transparent glaze. The subject of this dish is the fable of the Fox and the Stork, and shows the scene where the fox invites the Stork to dinner, but the food is soup in a plate, which only the fox can eat. The Stork gets his revenge by inviting the Fox himself, and serving his dish in a thin-necked bottle which only the Stork can access with his long beak. The moral drawn is that the trickster must expect trickery in return and that the golden rule of conduct is for one to do to others what one would wish for oneself. The painting is signed by Lessore in his usual disguised manner. IN addition on the underside are two faint stamped marks, one being the usual Wedgwood mark. The other is the three-letter date mark and one can just make out that the final letter is T, dating this dish to 1865. The French artist Emile Lessore (1805-1876) was one of Wedgwood's most famous individual painters. He began his career as a painter, studying under Ingres and exhibiting at the Paris Salon at the age of 25. In 1851 he began as a ceramic artist, and he worked for Sevres, Minton and then Wedgwood. He won personal medals at the great exhibitions of London (1862), Paris (1867) and Vienna (1873).
23.5 cm diameter, standing 9 cm tall.
Chester's Farm Antiques has clarified that the Emile Lessore for Wedgwood, Aesop's Fable Table Compote, 1865 - The Fox & The Stork (LA349455) is genuinely of the period declared with the date/period of manufacture being 1865
Excellent condition, no chips cracks or restoration. Overall clean crazing as expected. There are a few tiny spots on the ochre rim which may be grazes in the glaze or they may be where the glaze has not taken.
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This Emile Lessore for Wedgwood, Aesop's Fable Table Compote, 1865 - The Fox & The Stork is located in Nottingham, United Kingdom