French, in the manner of Bernard Palissy (15101590), after an original pewter set of ca. 158590 by François Briot (15501616)
White earthenware, molded in relief, with colored lead glazes; H. of ewer 11 in. (27.9 cm), Diam. of basin 15 1/2 in. (39.4 cm)
Gift of Julia Berwind, 1953 (53.225.29)
Rogers Fund, 1904 (04.9.20)
The figures in cartouches on the ewer represent Faith, Hope, and Charity. The central figure on the basin is of Temperance, surrounded by personifications of the four elements, Earth, Air, Fire, and Water. Around the rim are Minerva and figures symbolizing the seven Liberal Arts: Astronomy, Grammar, Dialectics, Rhetoric, Music, Arithmetic, and Geometry.