Dish with Pomona

Manner of Bernard Palissy French
After an engraving by Philips Galle Netherlandish
After a composition by Maerten de Vos Netherlandish

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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).

Dish with Pomona, Manner of Bernard Palissy (French, Agen, Lot-et-Garonne 1510–1590 Paris), Lead-glazed earthenware, French, Fontainebleau or Avon

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