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Chatelaine

  • Credit Line:

    Presented by Mary Whiteley through The Art Fund

  • Museum number:

    M.4:1 to 5 -2004

  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91 to 93 mezzanine, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 61, shelf B, box 1 []

The top part of the chatelaine has a long hook at the back by which it would have hung from the belt of a fashionable lady. The chatelaine has London hallmarks on the hook, so it can be dated precisely to 1755-6. There are three objects suspended from the chatelaine. In the middle is a watch, which bears the name of the watchmaker, Robert Cawley, Chester, movement no. 91. The watch and the small empty container or étui on the right are of approximately the same date as the chatelaine. To the left is a container or étui for snuff, which dates from about 1730. It contains a small gold spoon for ladling out the snuff and a 19th century watch key.
The chatelaine and the watchcase are decorated with figure scenes. On the chatelaine there are scenes from the life of King David as described in the Bible. On the watchcase is a scene of Angelica and Medoro carving their initials in a tree, taken from the epic Orlando Furioso by the Italian poet Ludovico Ariosto (1474-1533).

Physical description

Gold chatelaine from which are suspended a watch, an étui for snuff containing a spoon and a watchkey, and a further étui.

Dimensions

Length: 200 mm

Object history note

Given to Mary Whiteley, architectural historian, the donor, by her mother, Marjorie Crake; possibly by descent from the family of the architect John Stewart (1791-1871), Lord Mayor of Liverpool, 1855-56.

Descriptive line

Chatelaine, London, 1755, with watch by Robert Cawley, Chester, no. 91, a snuff étui containing a spoon and a watch key, and a further étui

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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