British Museum

British Museum

Painted Limoges enamel casket; copper, rectangular with an arched top; mounted in a modern gilt metal frame on wood; made of 7 panels, showing scenes from the story of Abraham and Isaac as told in Genesis: Abraham and Abimelech feasting at Bersheba; Abraham's transactions with Abimelech at Gerar; birth of Esau and Jacob; casting forth of Hagar and Ishmael; sacrifice of Isaac; burial of Sara; Rebecca meeting Isaac; signed; painted in semi-opaque enamels over a white preparation, translucent enamels over coloured foils and chalky white grisaille with details in gilding; inscribed.

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  • Title: casket
  • Date Created: 1575/1600
  • Physical Dimensions: Height: 18.40cm (handle down); Height: 20.00cm (handle up); Length: 22.50cm (base); Width: 12.20cm (base); Height: 0.70cm (feet); Length: 9.10cm (side panel); Width: 8.90cm (side panel); Length: 19.50cm (front/back panels); Width: 8.80cm (front/back panels);
  • External Link: British Museum collection online
  • Technique: enamelled; painted; gilded
  • Subject: bible
  • Registration number: WB.51
  • Production place: Made in Limoges
  • Producer: Attributed to de Court, Susanne. After Delaune,
  • Material: copper; enamel; metal; gold; wood
  • Copyright: Photo: © Trustees of the British Museum
  • Acquisition: Bequeathed by Rothschild, Ferdinand Anselm. Previous owner/ex-collection Rothschild, Anselm von
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