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Lock and key

  • Place of origin:

    France (made)
    England (chiselled talbot, possibly, alteration)

  • Date:

    ca. 1680 (made)
    late 18th century (alteration)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Steel, stamped, chiselled and punched

  • Museum number:

    1213&A-1855

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

The bolt is stamped with a maker's mark in the form of a running man. It is operated by a finely chiselled talbot lying on the top, perhaps a family crest. The body of the lock is decorated with chiselled ornament consisting of two harpies and a grotesque mask. The ground has been matted with a punch.

Place of Origin

France (made)
England (chiselled talbot, possibly, alteration)

Date

ca. 1680 (made)
late 18th century (alteration)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Steel, stamped, chiselled and punched

Descriptive line

Steel lock and key, stamped running man and chiselled talbot on bolt, two harpies and a grotesque mask chiselled on body, made in France, ca. 1680, the talbot added in the 18th century, possibly in England

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

The Art Journal. 1869. p. 250.

Labels and date

LOCK & KEY
Steel
France; c.1680
1213 & a-1855

The bolt is stamped with a maker's mark - a running man. It is operated by a finely chiselled talbot lying on the top, perhaps a family crest, which is a late 18th century addition. It may have been altered in England. The body of the lock is decorated with chiselled ornament consisting of two half-human, half-animal winged creatures and a grotesque mask. The ground has been matted with a punch. [07/1994]

Materials

Steel

Techniques

Chiselling; Stamping (marking); Punching

Subjects depicted

Hounds; Masks (design elements); Grotesques; Running; Winged figures; Harpies

Categories

Metalwork; Household objects; Ironwork; Tools & Equipment

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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