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Rare Chelsea saucer taken to £16,000

12 September 2011Written by ATG Reporter

SOME fine early English porcelain came up at the latest sale held by Chorley's of Prinknash Abbey, Gloucestershire.

Much of it came from Viscount and Viscountess Bledisloe of Lydney Park, but three pieces of Chelsea decorated by Jefferyes Hammett O'Neale came from another family collection.

They included this 5½in (14cm) octagonal saucer, c.1752-54, painted with a rendition of Leda and the Swan.

Mythological scenes by the artist, who later worked at Worcester, are rare (animal subjects based around Aesop's Fables were his stock-in-trade) and this saucer was in perfect condition, with only slight losses to the chocolate brown enamel rim to count against it.

With an estimate of £3000-4000 at the sale on September 1, it attracted a host of UK and US bidders and ultimately sold to a UK bidder on the telephone at £16,000 plus 17.5% premium. Only larger pieces by Hammett O'Neale have made more.

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