The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection, A Family Collection, A National Museum, An International Treasure House
  • Dish
  • Follower of Bernard Palissy (1510 - 1590) , Possibly
  • Follower of Bernard Palissy (1510 - 1590), Possibly
  • France
  • late 16th century
  • Earthenware, lead-glazed, with moulded and applied decoration
  • Length: 49.3 cm
    Width: 37.1 cm
  • C174
  • Smoking Room
Further Reading
  • Bernard Palissy, a highly innovative self-taught potter, pioneered the production of lead-glazed earthenwares incorporating life-cast reptiles, water creatures and plants. His interest in the imitation of nature through art was shared by many artists of the period. This basin is an excellent example of the rustic-style pottery, or rustique figulines, for which Palissy is best known. He sold his first rustic basin to Henri II in 1556. This basin has been transformed into a pond or stream supporting an abundance of animal and plant life, including a snake, fish and crayfish. Perhaps it accompanied a ewer for hand washing during meals or simply served as a table ornament.