Chatelaine tool

Chatelaine tool

17th century
Artist
unknown maker
Country
Colombia, Ecuador
chatelaine tool
gold
Gift of the Stapleton Foundation of Latin American Colonial Art, made possible by the Renchard Family
1990.623
unknown maker. Chatelaine tool. 17th century. gold. Gift of the Stapleton Foundation of Latin American Colonial Art, made possible by the Renchard Family. 1990.623.
This object is currently on view
Dimensions
height: 3.25 in, 8.2550 cm; width: 1 in, 2.5400 cm
Department
Mayer Center, Latin American Art
Collection
Latin American Art

Chatelaines originated in Europe as a means of attaching a watch or key to one’s belt. Over time the form evolved to include useful miniature tools and implements such as scissors, pencils, toothpicks, grooming tools, and folding knives.
-- Julie Wilson Frick, 2017

Known Provenance
Gifted 26 December 1990 by the Stapleton Foundation of Latin American Colonial Art, made possible by the Renchard Family to the Denver Art Museum. Provenance research is on-going at the Denver Art Museum. Please e-mail provenance@denverartmuseum.org, if you have questions, or if you have additional information to share with us.
Exhibition History
  • Glitterati: Portraits & Jewelry from Colonial Latin America (December 2014 - November 2016, Denver Art Museum)