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Ancient Roman women wore chatelaines with ear scoops, nail cleaners and tweezers, though the device later became more commonly associated with nineteenth century housekeepers. Fancy chains bearing hooks were fastened to belts or pockets from which hung household appendages such as scissors, watches and keys. Made of metals ranging from gold to pinchbeck, the finest examples were highly decorated with precious stones, and depicted biblical, mythological, or genre scenes.

 

Citing bone artifacts carved by early hunter-gatherers and French prisoners of war; this chatelaine was created for a person of humbler means, and instils the appendages with pure function.

CHATELAINE FOR A SEMPSTRESS

(2019) polymer clay, brass, natural materials: 20 x 350 x 400 mm