Platter (France), probably 19th century
This is a Platter. It was after Bernard Palissy. It is dated probably 19th century and we acquired it in 1957. Its medium is lead-glazed earthenware. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.
Sixteenth-century Europe was marked by a scientific interest in natural phenomena. New worlds had been discovered, occupied by animals and human beings never before seen in Europe. It was in this atmosphere that the talented French potter Bernard Palissy began practicing his trade. An enthusiastic natural scientist, Palissy used local fish, plants, and reptiles—he made casts of actual specimens for use in his modeling—fashioned in a range of colored glazes to develop what he called “pastoral pottery.” This oval platter, in the manner of Palissy, is in the shape of a pond surrounded by plant life. Perched on the plate are fish, a small frog, a coiled snake, and a variety of shells, crustaceans, and insects.
Its dimensions are
H x W x D.: 7 x 52 cm (2 3/4 x 20 1/2 x 16 in.)
Cite this object as
Platter (France), probably 19th century; After Bernard Palissy (French, 1510 – 1590); lead-glazed earthenware; H x W x D.: 7 x 52 cm (2 3/4 x 20 1/2 x 16 in.); Gift of Francis B. Lothrop, Mrs. George Batchelder, and Jordan Abbott; 1957-29-2