Silver gilt, gold, enamel, ivory, chalcedony, glass, paint
overall (box): 2 1/8 x 8 1/4 x 4 3/8 in. ( 5.4 x 21 x 11.1 cm )overall (chatelaine): 1 1/8 x 4 3/8 x 7 5/8 in. ( 2
Silver gilt chatelaine hook with three chased and embossed gold plaques connected by four chains; cast hook plate embossed with scene of Mars and Venus; plaque below with scene of putto; second plaque with scene of classical warrior seated in triumphal canopy; third plaque with putto; chains suspended from sides of hook plate with attached hinged and mounted bloodstone box, shield-shaped enameled gold "R" locket with woven hair enclosed, coral trumpet charm, gold and glass oculus locket with painted flower, and painted ivory miniature in gold case; watch in gold case suspended from bottom plaque. Reverse of watchcase has chased allegorical scene of a water god with a river goddess bearing flowers.
Gift of Mrs. Edward Rutledge and daughters
engraved: reverse of hook: "Henry and Cornelia Remsen / M 28 Dec. 1761"stamped: reverse of hook: "WB"engraved: reverse of miniature: "John Henry Remsen / B 2 Aug. 1772 / D 15 Sept. 1798"
Given to Cornelia Dickenson Remsen (1744-1816), who married Henry Remsen (1736-1792); to their daughter Sarah Remsen (1786-1871); to her niece Elizabeth Remsen Grafton (1824-1901); to her niece Amelia Schuchardt Stuyvesant (1839-1915); chatelaine (without watch) to her niece Julia Lawrence Wells (1868-1954) in 1891; watch purchased about 1915 by her mother Sarah Remsen Schuchardt (1841-1926) and returned to Julia Lawrence Wells; reunited chatelaine and watch to Lily Wells (Mrs. Edward Rutledge, 1873-1959), the donor.
Olson, Roberta J. M. "A selection of European paintings and objects." The Magazine Antiques 167 (2005): 182-187.
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