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  • Place of origin:

    Fontainebleau (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1620-1625 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Lead-glazed earthenware, moulded

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by George Salting, Esq.

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 137, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case V1, shelf 3

Physical description

Cup with a naked woman, lead-glazed earthenware, moulded.

Place of Origin

Fontainebleau (made)


ca. 1620-1625 (made)


Unknown (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Lead-glazed earthenware, moulded


Length: 20.0 cm, Width: 11.4 cm, Height: 8.1 cm, Weight: 0.25 cm

Object history note

An identical cup (with different colouring) is in the Metropolitan (see Refs.) where is is described as probably after a model by Guillaume Dupré, about 1600-20 and probably made in the pottery of Claude Bertélemy (1575-1643).

Descriptive line

'Gondola' cup with figure personifying Spring, lead-glazed earthenware, moulded. French, Fontainebleau, about 1620-5

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

McNab, Jessie, Seventeenth Century French Ceramic Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1987

Labels and date

CUP with a naked woman
Follower of Bernard Palissy (1510-90)

It is often difficult to distinguish between Palissy's own work and that of his immediate followers. Other potters imitated his products for several decades after his death, and again during the 19th century. This cup in the style of Palissy appealed to the 16th-century sense of humour. As the contents recede, the nakedness of the female figure is gradually exposed.


Lead-glazed earthenware, moulded

Museum no. C.2310-1910
Salting Bequest [2008]
Cup with figure personifying a spring, Fontainebleau, after a model probably by Guillaume Dupré, about 1620-5 [2010 (TAB)]

Production Note

Probably made in the pottery of Claude Bertélemy.



Subjects depicted





Ceramics Collection

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