Chatelaines: Keys to Success

Le 06 novembre 2020, par Anne Doridou-Heim

A chatelaine is a handy object made of finely worked gold wire, relying on its beauty to appeal.

€27,280
Alphonse Fouquet
, Paris, 19th century, gold and silver chatelaine decorated with two enameled miniatures bordered with rose-cut diamonds, holding a pocket watch, gross weight 92.2 g (3.25 oz).
Paris, Drouot, December 1, 2014. Millon auction house. Ms. Bauer-Petiet.

A chatelaine is an accessory worn at the waist, hanging from the belt. It became popular during the 18th century, but appeared much earlier, in the 14th-century. Its ancestors were the clavandier and the troussoir, large key rings. Fashionable women were crazy for the chatelaine and it soon became a highly aesthetic, refined piece of jewelry based on an unchanging code: a large clasp or hook decorated with stones, miniatures or enamel holding several chains, each mounted with various accessories—seals, scissors, smelling salts, keys, thimbles (all essential objects to have on hand at all times) and, almost always, a pocket watch. It continued to be fashionable throughout the 19th century, though declining during the Empire, and finally died out by the end of the Belle Époque.
 

€5,824Allam, London, late 18th century, watch and chatelaine in enameled gold decorated with country scenes, gross weight 108.6 g (3.83 oz

€5,824
Allam, London, late 18th century, watch and chatelaine in enameled gold decorated with country scenes, gross weight 108.6 g (3.83 oz).
Paris, Drouot, July 7, 2020. Fraysse & Associés auction house. Dechaut Stetten & Associés.

€5,20718th century, enameled gold chatelaine decorated with attributes of war and a mythological scene, gross weight 108 g (3.8 oz).Paris,

€5,207
18th century, enameled gold chatelaine decorated with attributes of war and a mythological scene, gross weight 108 g (3.8 oz).
Paris, Drouot, June 16, 2020. Beaussant Lefèvre auction house. Mssrs.  Émeric & Stephen Portier.

€9,375Frédéric Boucheron, second half of 19th century, chased openwork gold chatelaine holding an enameled pendant gold watch, gross weigh

€9,375
Frédéric Boucheron, second half of 19th century, chased openwork gold chatelaine holding an enameled pendant gold watch, gross weight 70.7 g (2.5 oz).
Paris, Drouot, June 26, 2017. Chayette & Cheval auction house. Mr. Turner.








A kind of Swiss Army knife for women, it was both an esthetic piece of jewelry and a handy kit.

€10,08018th century, pocket watch with movement by Leroy in Paris and chatelaine in chased, partially enameled yellow gold decorated with

€10,080
18th century, pocket watch with movement by Leroy in Paris and chatelaine in chased, partially enameled yellow gold decorated with bouquets of flowers, gross weight 174.8 g (6.16 oz).
Paris, Drouot, May 28, 2018. Art Richelieu-Castor Hara auction house.

€18,900Early 19th century, pocket watch signed "Lepaute & Fils" and chatelaine in yellow gold, decorated with hardstone marquetry, gross w

€18,900
Early 19th century, pocket watch signed "Lepaute & Fils" and chatelaine in yellow gold, decorated with hardstone marquetry, gross weight 55.7 g (1.96 oz).
Paris, Drouot, May 28, 2018. Art Richelieu-Castor Hara auction house.

€6,60418th century, chatelaine in openwork gold in several colors with decoration of a chimera, dragon, agraffes with foliage and floral b

€6,604
18th century, chatelaine in openwork gold in several colors with decoration of a chimera, dragon, agraffes with foliage and floral baskets, ornamented with miniatures of romantic scenes, gross weight 190 g (6.7 oz).
Paris, Drouot, June 16, 2020. Beaussant Lefèvre auction house. Mssrs. Emeric & Stephen Portier.

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