Lock

A work made of iron with inlays of gold, silver, bronze, and copper on wood base.

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  • A work made of iron with inlays of gold, silver, bronze, and copper on wood base.

Date:

1911

Artist:

Frank L. Koralewsky
American, born Germany, 1872–1941

About this artwork

Frank L. Koralewsky served as a traditional ironworker’s apprentice in his native north-German town of Stralsund. After obtaining journeyman status, he worked in various German shops before immigrating to Boston in the mid- 1890s. By 1906 he was a member of the Boston Society of Arts and Crafts, specializing in locksmithing and hardware. This extremely intricate lock, which took seven years to complete, exemplifies the early-20th-century taste for sentimental medievalism and represents the pinnacle of the metalworking tradition at the turn of the 20th century. Exhibited at the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition, where it won a gold medal, the lock illustrates Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm’s fairy tale “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.”

On View

American Art, Gallery 177

Artist

Frank L. Koralewsky

Title

Lock

Origin

Roxbury

Date

1911

Medium

Iron with inlays of gold, silver, bronze, and copper on wood base

Inscriptions

"Fkoralewsky" on iron surface; "FK" inlaid in copper

Dimensions

50.8 × 50.8 × 20.3 cm (20 × 20 × 8 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. Richard T. Crane

Reference Number

1926.521

Extended information about this artwork

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