Dish with snake in relief, France

Dish with snake in relief, France

Dish with snake in relief
Probably made by Bernard Palissy (1509/10-90) or workshop
France
1570-90
Moulded earthenware, with coloured lead glazes
Museum no. C.2313-1910.

Bernard Palissy was the most original French potter of his time. His most famous work is decorated with plants and animals cast from life and glazed in vivid colours.

Such pieces combine Palissy's experiments in ceramics with his love of natural history. He shared these interests with France's Catholic rulers, with whom he found favour despite his ardent Protestantism.