Object Number: 
Lead-glazed earthenware
Overall: 4 1/8 × 1 in. (10.5 × 2.5 cm)
Lead-glazed earthenware plate mimicking a circular pond surrounded by plant life, mostly various ferns; perched in the center of the plate is a twisting snake colored tan with brown markings; a second snake, various moths and beetles, and snails molded on the sides.
Gallery Label: 

This circular dish, likely dating to the late nineteenth century, was made in the manner of talented French potter Bernard Palissy, who began practicing his trade in the sixteenth-century. An enthusiastic natural scientist, Palissy used local fish, plants and reptiles—he made casts of actual specimens for use in his modeling—fashioned in a range of colored glazes, to develop what he called "pastoral pottery." Although he is recorded as having produced his rustic ware in abundance, the only documented work by his hand was the grotto (now destroyed) in the garden of the Tuileries.

Credit Line: 
The Robert L. Stuart Collection, the gift of his widow Mrs. Mary Stuart
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group