Plaque representing Fire

17th century
Follower of Bernard Palissy (French, about 1510–about 1590)

Object Place: Europe, France


32.86 x 24.92 cm (12 15/16 x 9 13/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Lead-glazed earthenware

On View

Alyce Morrissey Gallery (Kunstkammer) (Gallery 143)





From a set of Elements. FIRE. Jupiter astride an eagle holds thunder-bolts in outstretched hands. Castle & hills in background. Green clouds in blue sky. molded mottled frame in blue, red-brown & cream, with inner yellow moulding.


Baron Gustave de Rothschild (b. 1829 - d. 1911); by descent to his grandson, Baron Henri de Lambert (b. 1887 - d. 1933) and his wife, Baroness Johanna von Reininghaus de Lambert (b. 1899 - d. 1960), Brussels and New York; March 7, 1941, Baroness Lambert sale, Parke-Bernet, New York, lot 89, set of four sold for $500. 1943, Ars Antiqua, New York; 1943, sold by Ars Antiqua to French and Company, New York (stock no. 42593); 1946, sold by French and Co. to the MFA for $1500 [see note 1]. (Accession Date: February 14, 1946)

[1] MFA accession numbers 46.53 - 46.56 were acquired together for $1500.

Credit Line

H. E. Bolles Fund