17th century
Formerly thought to be after Bernard Palissy (French, about 1510–about 1590)

Object Place: Europe, France


H. 5 cm (1 15/16 in.) Diam. 26.1 cm (10 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Lead-glazed earthenware

Not On View





Shallow dish with everted rim, the foot with spilled glaze over edge. Glaze colors are mottled blue, brown, green and white. The rim is decorated with cast and applied panels of alternating foliage and heraldic eagles. In the center, King Solomon wearing a crown is seated on a throne below billowing drapery with a low-relief arcade in the background. He receives the Queen of Sheba, accompanied by soldiers, and male and female attendants. A lion rests at the king’s feet beside a kneeling woman holding an open vessel whose top rests on the ground before her.


Probably sold by Jacques Seligmann and Co., Paris and New York, to Dudley Leavitt Pickman (b. 1850-d. 1938), Boston; by descent to his son, Edward Motley Pickman (b. 1886 - d. 1959) and his wife, Hester M. (Mrs. Edward M.) Pickman (b. 1898 - d. 1989), Bedford, MA; 1962, gift of Mrs. Edward M. Pickman to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 19, 1962)

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Edward Pickman