Staffordshire transfer-printed salt-glazed stoneware scalloped plate, printed in red with a fable subject "The Lion, the Fox, and the Wolf" within a diaper and cartouche molded border and brown-edged rim

Plate with scene from “The Lion, the Fox, and the Wolf”

Staffordshire, Possibly decorated in Liverpool or Birmingham, England


During the eighteenth century, illustrations from Aesop’s Fables were commonly used as decoration on a variety of ceramic types. There were many publications containing engravings of the fables, and these were all used as design sources. The scene on this rare salt-glazed fable plate is “The Lion, the Wolf, and the Fox,” which warns against stirring up ill will.