One of Grimms’ Fairy Tales Carved into an Antique Lock!

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Residing in the permanent collection of the Art Institute of Chicago is an astoundingly intricate lock depicting the Grimm Fairytale, “Snow White and the Seven Dwarves”.  With its Medieval Looks and its Renaissance almost Mannerist details, its use of iron with inlays of gold, silver, bronze, and copper on a wood base, this extremely intricate lock, which took seven years to complete, is however a product of the 20th century, signed “Fkoralewsky” on its iron surface; “FK” inlaid in copper.

Frank L. Koralewsky (1872-1941),  served as a traditional ironworker’s apprentice in his native north-German town of Stralsund.  After obtaining his 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.

(Art Institute Chicago)

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