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Casket with scenes of Genesis

Enameler:
Suzanne de Court (French, active 1575–1625)
Engraver:
Based on a series of engravings by Étienne Delaune (French, Orléans 1518/19–1583 Strasbourg)
Date:
first quarter 17th century
Culture:
French, Limoges
Medium:
Painted enamel on copper, partly gilt; silver mounts
Dimensions:
7 3/4 × 9 1/2 × 5 1/4 in. (19.7 × 24.1 × 13.3 cm)
Classification:
Engravings
Credit Line:
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Mendelsohn, 1980
Accession Number:
1980.203.2
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 544
Decorated with stories from Genesis derived from prints by Étienne Delaune (1518–1583), this casket may have been used for jewelry. It is signed by Susanne de Court, the only known female enameler in Limoges. She created energetic and expressive, albeit somewhat awkward, figures in wonderful translucent colors.
Signature: In gilt, on the lid near the handle: SVSANNE•COVRT•

Inscription: Inscribed in gilt: (on front) •GENESE•26•; (on back) •GENESE•26•; (on right side) •GENESE•26•; (on left side) •GENESE•25•; (on front lid) •GENESE•29•; (on back lid) •GENESE•30•; (on left lunette-shaped plaque) depicting the birth of Joseph; the right and left lunette-shaped plaques with Isaac blessing Jacob, the left one inscribed in gilt: •GENESE•25•

Marking: Stamped on the underside, twice: N and T conjoined below a crown charged with a star (unidentified)
Josephine B. and Walter Mendelsohn (until 1980; to MMA)
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