Curfew

1627 (made)
Curfew thumbnail 1
Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Metalware, Room 116, The Belinda Gentle Gallery
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Curfews kept the fire embers smouldering at night ready for reviving the next morning. The name is a corruption of the French 'couvre feu' (fire cover). This is one of the earliest in brass to survive. The engraving shows the burning of Saint Laurence on a gridiron, his penalty for giving the Church's treasures to the poor rather than the Roman Emperor.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Brass, raised, embossed and engraved
Brief Description
Brass, the Netherlands, dated 1627.
Physical Description
Brass curfew, embossed with scenes from the lives of two saints: St Laurence and possibly St Francis.
Dimensions
  • Height: 39cm
  • Maximum width: 54.4cm
  • Depth: 31cm
Marks and Inscriptions
Inscribed 'SLARENTIUS 1627'
Credit line
Duke of Kent Gift
Subjects depicted
Summary
Curfews kept the fire embers smouldering at night ready for reviving the next morning. The name is a corruption of the French 'couvre feu' (fire cover). This is one of the earliest in brass to survive. The engraving shows the burning of Saint Laurence on a gridiron, his penalty for giving the Church's treasures to the poor rather than the Roman Emperor.
Bibliographic Reference
Patterson, Angus, "The Belinda Gentle Metalware Gallery at the V&A", Journal of the Antique Metalware Society, Volume 13, June 2005, p. 46, Fig. 7
Collection
Accession Number
M.5-1940

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record createdAugust 25, 2004
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