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Rapier with Scabbard

Goldsmith:
Decoration attributed to Gasparo Mola (Italian, Coldre ca. 1580–1640 Rome)
Date:
ca. 1620–30
Culture:
French or Italian
Medium:
Steel, gold, silver, leather, wood
Dimensions:
L. 49 1/4 in. (125.1 cm); W. 8 3/4 in. (22.2 cm); Wt. of scabbard 7.5 oz. (212.6 g)
Classification:
Swords
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1904
Accession Number:
04.3.23a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 376
The hilt decoration includes the coat of arms of the Albani family, possibly Orazio Albani (1576–1653), ambassador from Urbino to the papal court. While clearly influenced by French ornament, the decoration has been attributed to Gasparo Mola (1567–1640), a medalist and goldsmith working in Rome between about 1620 and 1630.
Ex coll.: de Courvel; Beurdeley; de Saint-Seine; Sommier; Dino
Courval [E.A. vicomte de]. Catalogue descriptif des armes offensives et défensives, pièces d'armures... objets de curiosité du Moyen-âge, composant la collection de M. le vicomte de Courval, April 17-18, 1860. Paris: Hôtel des Commissaires-Priséurs (Charles Pillet), Paris, 1860. no. 2.

Burty, Philippe. Chefs-d'oeuvre Des Arts Industriels: Céramique, Verrerie Et Vitraux, Émaux, Métaux, Orfévrerie Et Bijouterie, Tapisserie. Paris: P. Ducrocq, 1866. pp. 389–390, ill. p. 387. (English ed., London, 1869, pp. 261–262, pl. opp. p. 260).

Saint-Seine. Collection, sale catalogue, April 15–17, 1875. Paris: Hôtel Drouot, Paris, 1875. no.1.

de Beaumont, Édouard. "Les Armures et les Armes Anciennes au Trocadéro." Gazette de Beaux-Arts XVIII, part 2 (May 1878). 712.

Bréban, Philibert. Livret-guide du Visiteur à l'Exposition Historique du Trocadéro. Exposition universelle de 1878. Paris: E. Dentu, 1878. p. 42.

Cosson, Charles Alexander. Le Cabinet D'armes De Maurice De Talleyrand-Périgord, Duc De Dino. Paris: E. Rouveyre, 1901. no. F.16, pl. 14.

Laking, Guy Francis, Charles A. de Cosson, and Francis Henry Cripps-Day. A Record of European Armour and Arms Through Seven Centuries. Vol. IV. London: G. Bell and Sons, 1921. pp. 286–288, fig. 1351.

Buttin, Ch. "Le Chef-d'Oeuvre de Gasparo Mola au Musée de l'Armée." Gazette des Beaux-Arts, Ser. 5, IX IX (1924). pp.109–110 .

Hayward, J. F. "Claude Savigny and French Arms Decoration of the Late 16th Century." Livrustkammaren 7 (March 1955). pp. 18–19, fig. 11.

Boccia, Lionello G., and Eduardo T. Coelho. Armi Bianche Italiane. Milano: Bramante Editrice, 1975. pp. 396–387, fig. 563.

Norman, A. V. B., and C. M. Barne. The Rapier and Small-Sword, 1460–1820. London: Arms and Armour Press, 1980. pp. 134, 231, 328, 362.

Nickel, Helmut. "Unter den gekreuzten Schwerten. Bermerkungen zu den Blankwaffen der kursächsischen Schweizergarde zu Dresden, 1656–1814." In Stuber, K. and Wetter, H.. Blankwaffen, 1982. p. 62, tafel II, ill.



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