- unknown artist
Unknown artist, Chatelaine Tool, 1600s. Gold; 3¼ × 1 in. Gift of the Stapleton Foundation of Latin American Colonial Art, made possible by the Renchard family, 1990.623.
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
- Glitterati: Portraits & Jewelry from Colonial Latin America (December 2014 - November 2016, Denver Art Museum)