François Du Clos (French, Paris, recorded 1636–active ca. 1650)
Gilt foliate decoration attributed to Thomas Picquot (French, Paris, recorded 1636–38)
Steel, gold, brass, wood, silver, mother-of-pearl
04.3.192; L. 23 1/8 in. (58.7 cm); L. of barrel 15 1/2 in. (39.4 cm); Cal. .52 in. (13.2 mm); Wt. 2 lb. 3 oz. (992 g)
04.3.193; L. 23 1/4 in. (59.1 cm); L. of barrel 15 1/2 in. (39.4 cm); Cal. .53 in. (13.5 mm); Wt. 2 lb. 3 oz. (992 g)
Rogers Fund, 1904
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 375
Du Clos was given lodgings in the Louvre in 1636. This honor was granted to select craftsmen in royal employ. The gilt foliate decoration on the metal parts of these pistols is attributed to the engraver Thomas Picquot, who shared Du Clos's atelier. Picquot published a firearms pattern book with similar designs in 1638.