About This Artwork

French, Limoges

Casket with Scenes of David and Solomon, c. 1550

Gilt bronze and painted enamel on copper
16.5 x 10.8 cm (6 1/2 x 4 1/4 in.)

Mr. and Mrs. Martin A. Ryerson Collection, 1937.821

Exhibition, Publication and Ownership Histories

Exhibition History

New York, The Cooper Union Museums for the Arts of Decoration, Enamel: An Historic Survey to the Present Day, 1954, no. 87.

New York, Museum of Contemporary Crafts of the American Craftsman's Council, Enamels. September 18-November 29, 1959, no. 2.

The Art Institute of Chicago, Renaissance Decorative Arts from Chicago Collections, March 2 – June 14, 1987.

Publication History

Claudius Popelin et al, La collection Spitzer, vol. 2: Emaux peints, etc. (Paris, 1891), pp. 34-35, no. 50.

Bessie Bennett, "Some Examples of French Enamel Painting," Bulletin of the Art Institute of Chicago, 27 (1933) p. 99.

Ulrike Weinhold, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Maleremail aus Limoges im Grünen Gewölbe (Munich and Berlin, 2008), pp.52, 53 n. 16.

Suzanne Higgott, The Wallace Collection. Catalogue of Glass and Limoges Painted Enamels (London, 2011), pp. 228, 229, n. 63 [no. 467 in the Spitzer sale).

Ownership History

Frédéric Spitzer, Paris (d. 1890); his estate sale, Paris, Chevallier and Mannheim, April 17 - June 16, 1893, no. 467, pl. 16; acquired by Durand-Ruel as agent for Martin A. Ryerson [according to copy of receipt in curatorial file]; Martin A. Ryerson, Chicago (d. 1932); by descent to his widow (d. 1937); bequeathed to the museum.

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