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Lock front

Lock front

  • Place of origin:

    France (made)

  • Date:

    16th century (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pierced, chiselled and blued steel

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ironwork, Room 114b, case 14

Physical description

Steel lock front, with a crown and two adorsed dolphins.

Place of Origin

France (made)


16th century (made)

Materials and Techniques

Pierced, chiselled and blued steel

Descriptive line

Lock front, with a crown and two adorsed dolphins, steel, France, 16th century.

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.
Lecoq. Lille Musée. p.220.

Labels and date

LOCK FRONT, steel, pierced, chiselled and blued, France; 16th century

The crown and two adorsed dolphins suggest that the lock may have come from a house of a French crown prince, the dolphin being a pun on his title as Dauphin.

Soulages Collection
Museum No. 5708-1859 [07/1994]




Pierced; Chiselled; Forging (metal forming)

Subjects depicted

Dolphins; Crown


Metalwork; Ironwork


Metalwork Collection

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