Dish with Pomona

Maker: Manner of Bernard Palissy (French, Agen, Lot-et-Garonne 1510–1590 Paris)

Artist: After an engraving by Philips Galle (Netherlandish, Haarlem 1537–1612 Antwerp)

Artist: After a composition by Maerten de Vos (Netherlandish, Antwerp 1532–1603 Antwerp)

Date: late 16th or early 17th century

Culture: French, Fontainebleau or Avon

Medium: Lead-glazed earthenware

Dimensions: Overall (confirmed): 2 5/16 x 13 1/2 x 10 1/4 in. (5.9 x 34.3 x 26 cm)

Classification: Ceramics-Pottery

Credit Line: Gift of Julia A. Berwind, 1953

Accession Number: 53.225.60


This earthenware platter, influenced by the work of ceramist Bernard Palissy, illustrates the rustic and formal aspects of a French garden. Pomona, goddess of gardens and orchards, presides over the scene, the tools of the gardener at her feet, while in the background is the fruit of her labor—a formally landscaped group of parterres centered on a water feature. In the middle ground, a peasant works the soil and two women carry bounty from the garden on their heads.