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 laborβ€”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.