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Three coloured gold and silver chatelaine with applied ornament on the hook-plate in the form of symbols of love, Cupid and doves at analtar with a flaming heart, four cartouches decorated with trophies terminating in a suspension hook with a watch, others with watch-keys, a minute compartmented, engraved writing case decorated with baskets of flowers. Inside the case are ivory writing tablets and a discharge mark. The belt-hook and plate are marked fully marked.
- Production date
Length: 18.50 centimetres
Width: 4.35 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Text from catalogue of the Hull Grundy Gift (Gere et al 1984) no.439:
The maker's mark may be that described by Nocq (1931, p.211) which is identified as Bartélémy Cabaille, who entered his mark in 1775 and is not recorded after 1792.
J.H.P. Pouget, in his Traité des Pierres Précieuses (Paris, 1762), illustrates a design for a similar chatelaine (pl.56), which he describes as representing the symbolic attributes of Love, several of which occur in the design of the Hull Grundy chatelaine and watch (439 and 440); the basket of flowers symbolises Knowledge, Youth and Beauty; the music trophy, with two torches and fruit, symbolises the Senses; the hat covering the trophy of love symbolises Mystery; the two billing doves crowned by flowers symbolise Joy.
The wearing of a chatelaine of this type, hooked into the belt, is illustrated in the portrait of Miss Mary Edwards of 1742 by William Hogarth (1697-1764) in the Frick Collection, New York. The sitter, Mary Edwards (1705-43), was the daughter of Francis Edwards of Welham Grove, Leicestershire. The chatelaine appears to be in gold with relief ornament, with triangular hook-plate and three chains joined by a cartouche from which hang a watch and watch-key (see Fig.33a, a detail of portrait, and 33b, detail of chatelaine).
The 'white gold' was identified as silver in Sue La Niece report. - J. Rudoe.
Attached to 440, 1978,1002.414.b
- Not on display
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: HG.414.a (masterlist number)