Lock

ca. 1500 (made)
Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Ironwork, Room 114b
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Wrought iron door or chest lock, decorated with bands of open Gothic tracery in two layers; at each corner is a figure of an angel and on the hasp a figure of the Virgin Mary. The keyhole is concealed by a plate with a shield bearing three fleurs-de-lys, the royal arms of France on the key guard. The plate is further ornamented with two buttresses. The redundant bolt slot and the angel's round pegs fitted into square holes suggest subsequent alteration.


object details
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Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Wrought iron
Brief Description
Door or chest lock, wrought iron decorated with figures of angels and the Virgin Mary, the arms of France on the key guard, made in France, ca. 1500
Physical Description
Wrought iron door or chest lock, decorated with bands of open Gothic tracery in two layers; at each corner is a figure of an angel and on the hasp a figure of the Virgin Mary. The keyhole is concealed by a plate with a shield bearing three fleurs-de-lys, the royal arms of France on the key guard. The plate is further ornamented with two buttresses. The redundant bolt slot and the angel's round pegs fitted into square holes suggest subsequent alteration.
Dimensions
  • Height: 21cm
  • Width: 15.2cm
Style
Gallery Label
DOOR OR CHEST LOCK, wrought iron, France; c.1500 The key guard displays the arms of France. The redundant bolt slot and the angel's round pegs fitted into square holes suggest subsequent alteration. Museum No. 591-1895(07/1994)
Subjects depicted
Collection
Accession Number
591-1895

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record createdJune 24, 2009
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