Chatelaine

German
Medieval (Gothic)
1480–1500


Object Place: Europe, Low Countries

Dimensions

8.3 x 2.8 x 1.9 cm (3 1/4 x 1 1/8 x 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

59.553

Medium or Technique

Latten (86.5% copper, 11% zinc, 1.5% lead, 1.% tin)

Not On View

Collections

Europe, Jewelry

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment

Standing male figure with a long narrow strip for attachment emanating from the back. Cast in one piece, punched, and chased. In a frontal pose with his right knee bent slightly, he holds with both hands a pouch and sword attached at his waist. He wears hose and a mantle slung sideways over a sayon and metal gorget decorated with punched circles to indicate bosses. The features of the clean-shaven face and the long curly hair falling to the shoulders are roughly indicated by linear cuts. Except for the head, which is covered by a cap with a cornet ending in a tassel, the figure is unfinished in back.

Provenance

Possibly in the 18th century collection of Prince Christian August von Waldeck (b. 1744) Arolsen, Germany [see note 1]. Henri Heilbronner, Lucerne, Switzerland; 1959, gift of Heilbronner to the MFA. (Accession date: September 17, 1959)

NOTES:
[1] According to a September 17, 1959 acquisition recommendation from Hanns Swarzenski. Prince von Waldeck was a general in Austria who traveled extensively in Italy, (see also Heinrich Duntzer's 1883, "Life of Goethe", pg. 20)

Credit Line

Gift of Henri Heilbronner