Casket

French
mid-16th century frame, 19th century or later enamel


Object Place: Europe, France

Dimensions

Overall: 10.8 x 11 x 17.5 cm (4 1/4 x 4 5/16 x 6 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

51.3

Medium or Technique

Metal frame, enamel on copper.

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Enamels

Nine panels of painted enamels with gold & paillons depicting hunting scenes on oak box and five-sided cover. Mountings of stamped bronze, corners simulating pilasters with square molded feet. Cover hinged at back has simulated hinges on front of box; spring below has modeled bust of Diana. Velvet lined.

Inscription

Underside of object; painted in white, "G-R 618" [Goldschmidt-Rothschild 618]

Provenance

Baron Maximilian von Goldschmidt-Rothschild (b. 1843 - d. 1940), Frankfurt [see note 1]; 1938, sold by force to the city of Frankfurt; 1940, transferred to Museum für Kunsthandwerk (Museum of Decorative Arts), Frankfurt; after World War II, restituted to the heirs of Maximilian von Goldschmidt-Rothschild; April 13-14, 1950, Goldschmidt-Rothschild estate sale, Parke-Bernet, New York, lot 136, sold to Jacques Seligmann and Co., New York, for $310; 1951, sold by Seligmann to the MFA for $650. (Accession Date: January 11, 1951)

NOTES:
[1] In November 1938 Nazi authorities forced Maximilian von Goldschmidt-Rothschild to sell his art collection to the city of Frankfurt. Upon his death in 1940, the objects were transferred to and accessioned by various city museums. After the war, his heirs succeeded in legally voiding the 1938 sale and recuperating the collection, which was sent to the United States. See "Important French Furniture & Objets d'Art," Goldschmidt-Rothschild estate sale, part one, Parke-Bernet, New York, March 10-11, 1950, prefatory note.

Credit Line

Helen and Alice Colburn Fund