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15th century
Iron, copper alloy bells
Overall (opened): 8 15/16 x 14 7/8 x 1 in. (22.7 x 37.8 x 2.5 cm) Overall (closed): 8 15/16 x 7 3/8 x 2 3/16 in. (22.7 x 18.7 x 5.6 cm) top attachment flange: 3 3/8 x 2 5/8 x 3/8 in. (8.6 x 6.6 x 0.9 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
Not on view
The scenes depicted on this lock are set into an architectural setting that is compressed into a small space. The keyhole for the lock is immediately below the figure of Christ in judgment, who is in the center composition at the very top. Saint Peter is located at the left, with the raising of the dead. At the right is the mouth of Hell with figures descending into Hell. The composition is an extraordinary tour-de-force of iron casting and presentation.
#3165. Lock
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Frédéric Spitzer (d. 1890), Paris (sold 1893); J. Pierpont Morgan, London and New York (until 1917)
La Collection Spitzer: Antiquité, Moyen-Age, Renaissance. Vol. I. Mâcon: Imprimerie Protat Frères, 1890–1891. no. Serrures 1, p. 313.

Spitzer, Frédéric, ed. La Collection Spitzer: Antiquité -- Moyen-Age -- Renaissance. Vol. 2. Paris: Maison Quantin, 1890–1893. no. Serrurerie 1, p. 170, pl. I.

Catalogue des objets d'art et de haute curiosité: antiques, du moyen-âge & de la renaissance: composant l'importante et précieuse Collection Spitzer. Vol. 1. Paris: Chevallier and Mannheim, April 17–June 16, 1893. no. 874, p. 147, pl. XXVI.

Hoffeld, Jeffrey M. "The Art of the Medieval Blacksmith." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, n.s., 28. no. 4 (December 1969). pp. 164-167.

Deuchler, Florens. "The Cloisters: Ein Museum für mittelalterliche Kunst in New York." Du 32, no. 2 (1972). pp. 130–31.

Europe in Torment, 1450–1550. Providence: Brown University, 1974. no. 67, pp. 144–45.

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