Serpent dish / Bernard Palissy

Mid-16th century naturalistic earthenware with allegoric decoration of a coiled snake lurking in aquatic plants, by French Renaissance potter Bernard Palissy.

The Parisian Palissy workshop, excelled at casting from life leaves, shells and small animals such as snakes, lizards or insects, to create reliefs for his innovative rustic ware.

Found at V&A’s ceramic collection.

Three more B. Palissy earthenware from the same era


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