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.”
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Iron with inlays of gold, silver, bronze, and copper on wood base
"Fkoralewsky" on iron surface; "FK" inlaid in copper
50.8 × 50.8 × 20.3 cm (20 × 20 × 8 in.)
Gift of Mr. Richard T. Crane
Extended information about this artwork
“Exhibition of the Society of Arts and Crafts, Copley Hall” (Boston: Society of Arts and Crafts, 1907) p. 41, no. 684.
Frederick Krasser, “Something about Locksmithing and Hardware in General” Handicraft 3, 12 (March 1911).
“A Remarkable Iron Lock” Art and Progress 2 (April, 1911) p. 181.
F. Allen Whiting, “Arts and Crafts: At the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston” Art and Progress 2 (July 1911) p. 264.
“Works by Master Craftsmen,” Art and Progress 4, 2 (December 1912) p. 811.
Ralph Bergengren, “An Adventure in the Medieval,” House Beautiful 37 (Jan. 1915), 47.
Bulletin of the Art Institute of Chicago 20, 6 (September 1926) p. 84 (ill.).
International Studio 84 (1926) p. 29.
Art Institute of Chicago Annual Report (1926) p. 18.
Katharine Gibson, “The Goldsmith of FLorence: A Book of Great Craftsmen” (New York: MacMillian Co., 1929) p.203 (ill.).
Boston, Society of Arts and Crafts, 1911.
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1911.
San Francisco, Panama–Pacific International Exposition, Feb. 20–Dec. 4, 1915 (awarded gold medal).
Boston, Museum of Fine Arts, The Art That is Life: The Arts & Crafts Movement in America, 1875–1920, Mar. 4–May 31, 1987; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Aug. 16–Nov. 1, 1987; Detroit Institute of Arts, Dec. 9, 1987–Feb. 28, 1988; New York, Cooper–Hewitt Museum, Apr. 5–June 26, 1988, no. 19.
From the artist to Richard T. Crane, c. 1920; given by him to the Art Institute of Chicago, 1926.
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