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Book on the art of locksmith Mathurin Joussse acquired by the Rijksmuseum

 27/03/2019

The Rijksmuseum acquired several works of art at TEFAF thanks to the generosity of private donors.

The works include a book published in 1627 on locks and keys made by French locksmith Mathurin Jousse. The 65 illustrations depict not only richly decorated keys and lock mechanisms, but also the first wheelchair and even prosthetic hands and legs. Technical manuals such as this would often either be worn out through use or go out of fashion with the advent of new inventions, and they are exceedingly rare nowadays.

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