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Chatelaine: MAR.M.289 & A-G-1912

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Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown




Gilt metal chatelaine with etui and two thimble cases, embossed and chased with rococo decoration

Gilt metal, cast, embossed and chased. The chatelaine comprises three hinged sections; the uppermost with a long spatulate hook; the central one comprising 13 small linked plaques; the lowest with openwork scrolls either side of a swivel loop. Suspended from the top section are two thimble cases (A & B) with hinged lids. One case contains a thimble (C). Suspended from the lowest section is a shaped triangular etui (D) oval in section, with hinged lid and sprung button clasp. The fitted interior contains a pair of steel scissors (E), a folding knife (F), a silver spoon (G), an earpick/pair of tweezers (H), a pencil case (I) and a pair of ivory memorandum leaves hinged with a gilt button (J). (There are cavities for two more tools, which are missing.) The cast chatelaine is chased with a basket of flowers, the small plaques are chased with a lion and crowns; the embossed etui is chased with two panel containing female figures in contemporary dress within borders of masks, scrolls and rocaille decoration; the thimble cases are similarly decorated.


History note: Unknown before C.B. Marlay

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C.B. Marlay Bequest

Measurements and weight

Length: 20.0 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1912-06-18) by Marlay, Charles Brinsley


18th Century, third quarter
George III
Production date: circa AD 1760

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Components of the work

Surface composed of gold
Thimblecase Height 2.3 cm Length 4.5 cm Width 2.5 cm
Etui Height 2.5 cm Length 11.0 cm Width 3.8 cm

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Identification numbers

Accession number: MAR.M.289 & A-G-1912
Primary reference Number: 150723
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 24 August 2018 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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