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Casket

Casket

  • Place of origin:

    France (made)

  • Date:

    19th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Steel, chiselled, pierced and originally gilded

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by George Salting

  • Museum number:

    M.641-1910

  • Gallery location:

    Ironwork, Room 114c, case 19, shelf 2

Physical description

Casket of chiselled and originally gilded steel with ornamental features including a handle that terminates in a lion's head, feet in the form of dogs, mounts in the form of dogs or lions and dragons around the lock.

Place of Origin

France (made)

Date

19th century (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Steel, chiselled, pierced and originally gilded

Object history note

A fine example of Gothic revival work, popular from c. 1840, in which Gothic forms like lancets, quatrefoils and animals are mingled and their characteristics exaggerated. Notice the dragons around the lock, their tails joined in a love knot and the dachshund-like creatures supporting the casket.

Descriptive line

Casket, chiselled and gilded steel, with ornamental features including a lion's head, dogs and dragons, France, 19th century

Labels and date

CASKET, steel, chiselled and originally gilded, France; 19th century in the style of the 15th century

A fine example of Gothic revival work, popular from c. 1840, in which Gothic forms like lancets, quatrefoils and animals are mingled and their characteristics exaggerated. Notice the dragons around the lock, their tails joined in a love knot and the dachshund-like creatures supporting the casket.

Salting Bequest
Museum No. M.641-1910 [07/1994]

Materials

Steel

Techniques

Forging (metal forming); Chiselling; Gilding; Piercing

Categories

Metalwork; Ironwork

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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