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Lock centre

Lock centre

  • Place of origin:

    France (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1660 (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Chiselled steel

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Steel lock, chiselled with two iconic columns with figure of St James the Great and the symbols of St Matthew (a man) and St Luke (an ox).

Place of Origin

France (made)


ca. 1660 (made)

Materials and Techniques

Chiselled steel

Descriptive line

Lock, possibly from a casket, chiselled with two iconic columns with figure of St. James the Great and the symbols of St Matthew (a man) and St Luke (an ox), steel, France, ca. 1660.

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

Robinson, J. C. Catalogue of the Soulages Collection; being a descriptive inventory of a collection of works of decorative art, formerly in the possession M. Jules Soulages of Toulouse. London : Malborough House, 1856.

Labels and date

France; c.1660
Soulages collection

Possibly from a casket, made up from a keyhole cover. The nature of the hinge and the unecessarily complicated backplate suggests the lock has been cut down. It is chiselled with two ionic columns, the figure of St James the Great holding a book and sword beneath a shell-shaped canopy and the symbols of the evangelists St Matthew (a man) and St Luke (an ox). St James the Great, the brother of John the Evangelist, is particularly featured in Spanish craftsmanship, commemorating his legendary mission to Spain and burial at Compostella. For reasons that are not altogether clear the scallop shell became the distinctive badge of pilgrims to his shrine and is known to have been used from early in the 12th century. [07/1994]





Subjects depicted

Shell; Sword; Book


Metalwork; Ironwork


Metalwork Collection

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