This footed bowl originally formed the base of a birth set—a series of nesting bowls and dishes celebrating childbirth. Only when the set was disassembled would the domestic image on its interior be revealed. Here, a new mother appears in her bedchamber together with her infant and two companions. The exterior decoration depicts the unfortunate hunter Actaeon, who was turned into a stag by the goddess Diana.
Baron Gustave de Rothschild , Paris (by 1865–d. 1911) ; by descent to his grandson, Baron Henri Lambert , Brussels (until d. 1933; to his widow, Baroness Johanna Lambert); Baroness Johanna Lambert , New York (1933–41; sale, Parke-Bernet, New York, March 7, 1941, no. 71; sold for $230 to MMA)