A c1753 rare and highly desirable Chelsea Raised Anchor Period octagonal tea bowl painted by Jeffrey Hamet O'Neal (also spelled Jefferyes Hammett O'Neale and other variations). Highly detailed and beautifully decorated with a man standing by a barrel, and two other men with some kind of measuring stick. A building and foliage are in the background. There are 4 insects arrayed around the exterior of cup while the interior has a central flower spray, leaves and a butterfly.
Raised Anchor wares (1749 - 1753) are quite scarce and sought after. Most examples are not marked at all, while some have a small bit of clay with an anchor applied to the base. Over the years, or even soon after firing, that bit of clay gets detached, leaving an oblong residue on the base, and is much more desirable than no mark at all. This bowl has such a mark, along with the expected Chelsea stilt marks.
The condition of this fine piece is excellent with no flaws or issues of note. The diameter is 3 1/8" and the height is 2".