Inspired by the 16th century craftsmanship of the French Mannerist model carver, medallist and pattern-maker, François Briot, the basin's ornamentation is identical to the 'Temperantia' Basin, one of the highlights of the V & A's pewter collection. The surface of this dish is decorated with cast designs in relief with its central plaque depicting a figure of Temperance holding a wine-cup and ewer. Around the central boss a broad band of ornament contains four plaques with figures representing AER (Air), AQUA (Water), TERRA (Earth), and IGNIS (Fire). On the rim there are oval panels depicting the Seven Liberal Arts and their patron Minerva: GRAMMATIC (Grammar), DIALECTICA (Dialect), RHETORICA (Rhetoric), MUSICA (Music), ARITHMETIQUA (Arithmetic), GEOMETRIA (Geometry) and ASTROLOGIA (Astrology). Between the plaques the dish is covered with finely cast strapwork, birds, masks, serpents, fruit, flowers and winged horses.