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Coffer

  • Place of origin:

    France (made)

  • Date:

    15th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Walnut and wrought iron

  • Museum number:

    715-1895

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Walnut, the front is carved with two panels each occupied by a fleur de lys within a border of cusps. The back and the lid are each decorated with two panels and the sides with one each, filled in with Gothic tracery. There is a wrought iron lock with buttress-shaped fastenings and a hasp, and two long hinge-bands of the same metal pierced with Gothic tracery. The coffer is fitted inside with a small compartment with a hinged lid.

Place of Origin

France (made)

Date

15th century (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Walnut and wrought iron

Dimensions

Height: 63 cm, Width: 34 cm

Object history note

Acquired from Emile Peyre of 146 Avenue Malakoff, Paris, at the price of £7
Condition 'wormeaten'

Listed in Peyre's house as no. 141 'Oak coffer with large fleur-de-lys' in a typed version of the 'Inventory of the contents rooms [sic] containing that part of Monsieur Peyre's Collection, iron-work and wood-work which he is willing to sell. The rooms are all on the ground floor of the house.' The inventory is numbered 1-329, with description and price, arranged by room; it was drawn up in early March 1895 by Thomas Armstrong (Director for Art 1881-98) and Caspar Purdon Clarke (Assistant Director and from 1896 Director of the Art Museum, later Director of the Metropolitan Museum, New York).
Located in the room marked C in an annotated sketch plan of the ground floor of Peyre's house, which apparently accompanied a letter dated 28/2/1895 from Armstrong to Major General Sir John Donnelly (secretary of the Science and Art Department).

Descriptive line

Walnut coffer with wrought iron fastenings and hasp, decorated with Gothic tracery, made in France, 15th century

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

W.G. Paulson Townsend, Measured drawings of French furniture in the South Kensington Museum (London 1899), plates 98-99

Labels and date

COFFER
Wrought iron
France; 15th century
715-1895

Walnut, with wrought iron fastenings and hasp. The whole decorated with Gothic tracery. [07/1994]

Materials

Walnut; Wrought iron

Techniques

Forging (metal forming)

Subjects depicted

Fleurs-de-lis; Tracery

Categories

Furniture; Metalwork; Household objects; Ironwork; Renaissance (French)

Collection

Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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