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Chatelaine

1948.128 (RS195634)

Description

Gold colored metal (pinchbeck) chatelaine with two miniature paintings on ivory. The belt hook is set with an oval miniature depicting a woman in a white dress holding red flowers sitting by an urn and a child or cherub is sitting behind her. The second miniature hangs from three chains suspended from the base of the first miniature. A pair of shorter chains are also suspended from the base of the first miniature, terminating in a link with a loop for a suspension ring, now missing. The second miniature depicts a woman standing in front of a marble bust on a stand. The second miniature supports three chains terminating in rings for the attachment of objects. Both miniatures are framed by a row of faceted marcasites. Marcasites are also set on each of the chains. The larger, second miniature is flanked with neoclassical wreaths of a brighter, yellow-green-colored gold substitute. The back of the lower miniature is engraved with concentric geometric designs surrounding the owner's initials.

Details

Maker
unknown
Date
ca. 1797
Inscriptions
Reverse of large miniature is engraved: "H P"
Reverse of belt hook is stamped "PG / 6" (Engraved and stamped)
Material
ivory (tooth component)
marcasite
pinchbeck
Object type
Clothing; Clothing Accessories
Descriptive terms
Chatelaine
chatelaines
fasteners
ivory (tooth component)
marcasite
miniatures (paintings)
Neoclassical
pinchbeck
People and organizations
Washington, Martha, 1732-1802
Dimensions
1 1/4 (W) (inches)
Accession Number
1948.128
Credit Line
Gift of Miss Margaret F. Martin
GUSN
101005
Exhibition Notes
"Hidden Treasures from Elegant Eras," Historic Jewelry from the Collections of the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities presented by Shreve, Crump & Low, September 15 - November 30, 1995; and "Jewelry at Historic New England," Online exhibit presented by Historic New England launched September 30, 2007 at www.historicnewengland.org/jewelryhistory/.
Related Items
Title Letter Accession number 1948.127 Notes Jewelry and related items donated by Miss Margaret F. Martin:

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