Footed bowl and cover, France

Footed bowl and cover, France

Footed bowl and cover
Possibly made in the workshop of Bernard Palissy (1509/10-90)
France, probably Paris
1550-75
Lead-glazed earthenware, with moulded and inlaid decoration
Museum no. 8715&A-1863

Only 70 or so examples of this distinctive French ware survive. The decoration was made by stamping patterns into the surface and filling them with clays in contrasting colours.

Such wares were long associated with the village of Saint-Porchaire in western France. But they were more likely made in Paris, perhaps by Bernard Palissy. The presence of the royal arms suggests that they were made for the French court.