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

Staffordshire, Possibly decorated in Liverpool or Birmingham, England

1755/60

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.