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On display at V&A South Kensington
Jewellery, Rooms 91 to 93 mezzanine, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery

Chatelaine


The top part of the chatelaine has a long hook at the back by which it would have hung from the belt of a fashionable lady. The chatelaine has London hallmarks on the hook, so it can be dated precisely to 1755-6. There are three objects suspended from the chatelaine. In the middle is a watch, which bears the name of the watchmaker, Robert Cawley, Chester, movement no. 91. The watch and the small empty container or étui on the right are of approximately the same date as the chatelaine. To the left is a container or étui for snuff, which dates from about 1730. It contains a small gold spoon for ladling out the snuff and a 19th century watch key.
The chatelaine and the watchcase are decorated with figure scenes. On the chatelaine there are scenes from the life of King David as described in the Bible. On the watchcase is a scene of Angelica and Medoro carving their initials in a tree, taken from the epic Orlando Furioso by the Italian poet Ludovico Ariosto (1474-1533).


object details
Object Type
Parts
This object consists of 5 parts.

  • Chatelaine
  • Spoon
  • Watch Key
  • Watch
  • Watch Case
Brief Description
Chatelaine, London, 1755, with watch by Robert Cawley, Chester, no. 91, a snuff étui containing a spoon and a watch key, and a further étui
Physical Description
Gold chatelaine from which are suspended a watch, an étui for snuff containing a spoon and a watchkey, and a further étui.
Dimensions
  • Length: 200mm
Credit line
Presented by Mary Whiteley through The Art Fund
Object history
Given to Mary Whiteley, architectural historian, the donor, by her mother, Marjorie Crake; possibly by descent from the family of the architect John Stewart (1791-1871), Lord Mayor of Liverpool, 1855-56.
Summary
The top part of the chatelaine has a long hook at the back by which it would have hung from the belt of a fashionable lady. The chatelaine has London hallmarks on the hook, so it can be dated precisely to 1755-6. There are three objects suspended from the chatelaine. In the middle is a watch, which bears the name of the watchmaker, Robert Cawley, Chester, movement no. 91. The watch and the small empty container or étui on the right are of approximately the same date as the chatelaine. To the left is a container or étui for snuff, which dates from about 1730. It contains a small gold spoon for ladling out the snuff and a 19th century watch key.

The chatelaine and the watchcase are decorated with figure scenes. On the chatelaine there are scenes from the life of King David as described in the Bible. On the watchcase is a scene of Angelica and Medoro carving their initials in a tree, taken from the epic Orlando Furioso by the Italian poet Ludovico Ariosto (1474-1533).
Collection
Accession Number
M.4:1 to 5 -2004

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record createdJanuary 20, 2005
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