This lavishly decorated ewer depicts scenes from the book of Exodus, of the destruction of the Pharaoh's army in the Red Sea. It compares closely to a ewer in the Herzog Anton Ulrich-Museum in Braunschweig (inv. no. Lim 105) and to an example in the British Museum (inv. no. WB.52), which is signed by the famous Limoges enamel painter Susanne de Court. The scenes of Exodus are loosely based on woodcuts by Bernard Salomon (1506-1561).
The shoulder of the present ewer, depicting a Triumphal Procession of Spring, makes for an interesting dialogue between Biblical and mythological iconography. The scene is based on an engraving by German Renaissance engraver Virgil Solis (1514-1562), after a print by Georg Pencz (1500-1550). One of these prints survives in the British Museum (inv. no. 1873,0809.842).
For comparable Limoges ewers sold at auction, see those from the Yves Saint Laurent collection, sold Christie's Paris 23-25 February lots 524 and 531, both of which were attributed to Jean de Court.
The Waddesdon Bequest: Catalogue of the Works of Art bequeathed to the British Museum by Baron Ferdinand Rothschild, cat. British Museum, London, 1902, no. 52, pl. XIII; I. Müsch, Maleremails des 16. und 17. Jahrhunderts aus Limoges, cat. Herzog Anton Ulrich-Museum Braunschweig, Kunstmuseum des Landes Niedersachsen, Braunschweig, 2002, pp. 246-247, no. 126