Oval Basin

Object Details

Title:

Oval Basin

Artist/Maker(s):

Attributed to Bernard Palissy (French, 1510 ? - 1590)

Culture:

French

Place(s):

France (Place created)

Date:

about 1550

Medium:

Lead-glazed earthenware

Dimensions:

47.9 x 36.8 cm (18 7/8 x 14 1/2 in.)

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A man of many interests and talents, Bernard Palissy developed his distinctive "rustic-ware," such as this basin, by casting shellfish, plants, and reptiles from life. He then attached them to traditional ceramic forms and decorated these objects with runny, lead-based glazes, increasing their watery realism.

During his own lifetime, Palissy's works were highly popular. Such influential patrons as Anne de Montmorency and Catherine de' Medici, Queen of France, commissioned him to decorate grottoes in their private gardens, settings for diversion and contemplation in the 1500s. Palissy's rustic works were so successful that they were imitated during his own lifetime. In the 1800s, such notable ceramic factories as Sèvres in France and Wedgwood in England also copied them.

Bibliography

"Acquisitions/1988." The J. Paul Getty Museum Journal 17 (1989), p. 146, no. 84.

Bremer-David, Charissa et al. Decorative Arts: An Illustrated Summary Catalogue of the Collections of the J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1993), p. 119, no. 198.

The J. Paul Getty Museum Handbook of the Collections. 4th ed. (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1997), p. 241, ill.

Masterpieces of the J. Paul Getty Museum: Decorative Arts (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1997), p. 15, no. 8.

The J. Paul Getty Museum Handbook of the Collections. 6th ed. (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2001), p. 241, ill.

Wilson, Gillian, and Catherine Hess. Summary Catalogue of European Decorative Arts in the J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2001), p. 102, no. 205.

Coutts, Howard. The Art of Ceramics: European Ceramic Design 1500-1830 (New Haven, 2001), p. 43, fig. 55.

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