Oval Basin attributed to Bernard Palissy
French, Paris, about 1550
18 7/8 x 14 1/2 in.
"Mrs Wellwood’s soft finger ran lightly over a platter containing very lively images, in pottery, of a small toad, a curled snake, a few beetles, some moss and ferns, and a black crayfish.
‘I’ve never seen anything so lifelike. Every little wart and wrinkle.’”
© A.S. Byatt, ‘The Children’s Book’, pg 11 (Chatto & Windus, 2009)
Ceramicist Eric Roinestad