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Lock and key

Lock and key

  • Place of origin:

    France (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1630 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    N. Du Feyis (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Steel, pierced, chiselled and engraved

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ironwork, room 114b, case 14

Physical description

Lock and key made of pierced, chiselled and engraved steel. It features ornamental grotesques and scrolls and is signed N DU FEYIS.
[Lock] The lock has two spring catches and a middle bolt. It is enclosed in an upright oblong box with grotesque ornament and doplhins on the sides and bottom. The mechanism, parts of which are also ornamenta,l is partly covered by a rectangular plate with openwork of monsters at the top and flowers, birds and grotesque ornament on the surface.
[Key] The key has a hollow stem of trefoil section surmounted by a foliated capital from which springs a pair of monsters adorned, forming the bow. The bit has a comb cut flange. The heath of the key is kept in place in the lock by a plate (a modern addition) screwed onto the back; some of the screws have also been renewed.
[Escutcheon] The escutcheon is decorated foliage, flowers and birds towards the bottom, the top has a band of decoration depicting a monster with horns in the centre, with other monsters and monkey-like figures either side. Sitting on the top of the escutcheon are openwork monsters. There are five holes for the screws.

Place of Origin

France (made)


ca. 1630 (made)


N. Du Feyis (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Steel, pierced, chiselled and engraved

Marks and inscriptions

N. Du Feyis


[Lock] Height: 17.1 cm, Width: 11.6 cm
[Key] Length: 12.2 cm, Width: 4.4 cm

Descriptive line

Lock and key, steel, pierced, chiselled and engraved, made by N. Du Feyis, France, ca. 1630

Labels and date

LOCK AND KEY, steel, pierced, chiselled and engraved, France; c.1630

A very high quality lock, signed N DU FEYIS, the locksmith.

Museum No. 290 & a-1900 [07/1994]




Engraving; Forging (metal forming); Piercing; Chiselling


Metalwork; Ironwork; Tools & Equipment

Collection code


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