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Dish with Joseph and His Brothers

Probably Workshop of Antoine Conrade and his family
Based on a woodcut by Bernard Salomon (French, ca. 1508–ca. 1561)
ca. 1630–45
French, Nevers
Faïence (tin-glazed earthenware)
Overall: 2 1/8 × 17 1/8 in. (5.4 × 43.5 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 544
Having sold him into slavery as a child, Joseph’s brothers leave famine-plagued Canaan for Egypt. Here, they kneel before the governor (not recognizing him as Joseph) to ask permission to purchase corn; Joseph responds by accusing them of spying (Genesis 42:1–16). The composition was adapted from a woodcut by Bernard Salomon (ca. 1508?–ca. 1561).
Inscription: Inscribed on back in blue: LES FRERE' • DE • JIOSEPH / VENUS • A LUY • EN • EGIPTE / AU • GENESE XLII • [trans.: The brothers of Joseph came to him in Egypt in Genesis 42]
Gaston Le Breton , Rouen (by 1892–1910; sold as part of the Le Breton collection to Jacques Seligmann for Morgan); [ Jacques Seligmann , as agent for Morgan, 1910 ] ; J. Pierpont Morgan , London and New York (1910–d. 1913; to his son, J. P. Morgan Jr.); J. P. Morgan Jr. , New York (1913–17; given by him in his father's name to MMA)
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