October 21, 2011 1 Comment
Derby Museum and Art Gallery have bought a desk seal from Dreweatts auction in Newbury. The seal is the coat of arms of the Wilmot family of Chaddesden, Derbyshire. It has an agate handle, gold mount and the matrix seal is made from white chalcedony.
The Wilmot family feature numerous times in Joseph Wright’s account books. The most well known Wilmot/Wright painting is the Madonna-esque ‘Lady Wilmot and her child’ which was painted in1788 (now in a private collection).
The seal would have been used to authenticate documents sent by the Wilmots. The Derbyshire Record Office contains many letters written by the family and it would be interesting to see whether any of these letters have wax seals, and whether they were made by our latest purchase! Watch this space….