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


Pomona, the Roman goddess of fruits, was associated more generally with orchards and gardens in the Renaissance. Here, she is surrounded by flowers and gardening tools: a spade, a watering jar, and a rake. A garden with a fountain appears in the background. Like the pruning tools displayed nearby, the dish attests to the nobility’s growing interest in horticulture at this time. The scene is based on an engraving by Philis Galle (1537–1612) after a composition by Marten de Vos (1532–1603).