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Pomona, with a rake and cornucopia (Earth), stained glass roundel, Netherlandish, c. 1600

Clear glass with brown paint, a variety of shades of yellow stains, red, blue and green enamels

Height: 255mm
Weight: 250mm

Museum number: SG35

Curatorial note

One of a set of related related panels with SG32, Cybele, SG33, Jupiter and SG36, Pluto, illustrating classical deities often used as representations of one of the four elements. All four are set in wreaths of dark green laurel leaves with fruit and a pair of masks. The enamels are particularly bright, of a depth of colour not often found in Netherlandish work and more usually associated with Swiss glass painters such as Christoph Murers. Popham suggested an attribution to Marten de Vos, c.1570, but the designs are not included in Hollstein's volumes of his work.

Pomona, or Ceres, sits naked on a grassy mound beneath a tree, her arms enfolding a cornucopia of fruits. A long ribbon billows out from the decorative hat on her yellow hair. A rake lies on the ground and fields and plantations can be seen in the distance. Pomona is a personification of Earth. There is some similarity with the panel of Pomona from the school of the Swiss glass-painter Christoph Murer, illustrated by Schmitz.


Catalogue of the Stained Glass in Sir John Soane's Museum, Special Issue of the Journal of Stained Glass 2004, pp 171, 173

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