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© The Frick Collection© The Frick Collection
Pierre Courteys  (ca. 1520–before 1591)
Casket: Old Testament Subjects, mid-16th century
Enamel on copper with gilt-metal frame
8 5/16 × 9 13/16 × 6 1/4 in. (21.1 × 24.9 × 15.9 cm)
Henry Clay Frick Bequest
Accession number: 1916.4.33
Not on View

Pierre Courteys’s dark palette and stern figures set a sober tone for these eight Old Testament scenes. The night sky separates the Falling of Quails in the Desert from the Gathering of Manna, seen on the front and back of the curved lid. Themes concerning Moses join these episodes to the main scenes at front and back: the Feast of the Passover in Egypt and Shaphan reading to King Josiah from the Book of the Law of the Lord given by Moses. Various biblical episodes decorate the two ends.

Source: Wardropper, Ian and Julia Day. Limoges Enamels at The Frick Collection. New York: The Frick Collection/D Giles Limited, 2015.

Collections: J. Pierpont Morgan, London and New York.  Duveen.  Frick, 1916.  Source: Enamels, Rugs and Silver in The Frick Collection. Volume VIII. New York: The Frick Collection, 1977.