|"Genuine Bears Grease/Yardley & Statham/Wholesale Perfumers" 2.5 inch pot lid, ca. 1851.|
The image on the above lid was copied from Francis Barlow's 1687 illustration for a book of Aesop's Fables. If you enlarge the image, you can read the late 17th century version of the fable.
|Francis Barlow's 1687 illustration "The Bear and the Bee Hives." |
|Bailey & Ball (1843-1850) "Bear And Bees" 7.5 inch child's plate. It is copied from Francis Barlow's illustration "The Bear and the Bee Hives." See above.|
|"The Bear And The Bee Hives" 4.75 inch child's plate, ca. 1830. It is copied from Samuel Howitt's "A New Work of Animals: Principally Designed from the Fables of Aesop, Gay and Phaedrus," ca. 1811. See below.|
|"Bear and the beehives" from Samuel Howitt's "A New Work of Animals: Principally Designed from the Fables of Aesop, Gay and Phaedrus," ca. 1811.|
The fable is also found on some 19th century tiles. Both are copied from Samuel Howitt's "A New Work of Animals." See the source print above.
|Minton & Hollins & Co. (1868-1962) 6 by 6 inch 19th century tile that illustrates the Aesop's Fable "The Bear and the Bees."|
|Minton Hollins & Co (1868-1962) 6 by 6 inch 19th century tile "The Bear and the Bees."|
When I received my pot lids, I asked the dealer what he knew about the bear and bees lid. He said he knew the bear and bees pattern was from an Aesop's Fable. Later, my husband found the pattern in Ronald Dales 1977 book, "The Price Guide to Black and White Pot-Lids." The text reads: "Bear and Beehive picture on a small to medium lid from the forerunners of Yardley's c. 1860s." So, I didn't discover anything new. However, the pot lid did lead me to find some source prints. Now I have to enter them into the TCC database!
One more thing. Here's a photo of the lids that were the inspiration for this post. The bears are quite nice, but rather generic. Except for one.
|Five Bears Grease Pot Lids. I wonder if the pattern in the center top is also from a fable by Aesop? I'll have to check.|