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Burgonet

Armorer:
Attributed to Desiderius Helmschmid (German, Augsburg, 1513–1579)
Decorator:
Embossed decoration attributed to Jörg Sigman (German, Augsburg, 1527–1601)
Date:
ca. 1550–55
Geography:
Augsburg
Culture:
German, Augsburg
Medium:
Steel
Dimensions:
H. 11 1/4 in. (28.6 cm); W. 8 3/4 in. (22.3 cm); D. 15 in. (38.1 cm); Wt. 4 lb. 11 oz. (2126 g)
Classification:
Helmets
Credit Line:
Gift of William H. Riggs, 1913
Accession Number:
25.135.66
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 371
In the mid-sixteenth century, armor covered with embossed figures and ornament in the Mannerist style was the specialty of Italian armorers such as the Negroli family of Milan and also of a few workshops in France and Flanders. This beautifully scuptural helmet is a rare example of embossed armor made by German craftsmen. It is very similar in design and workmanship to a parade armor made in 1549–50 by Helmschmid and Sigman for the future Philip II of Spain (1527–1598).

Faint traces of engraved designs and damascening in gold and silver indicate that originally, this helmet was more lavishly decorated and colorful in appearance.
Ex. coll.: Anne Louis Girodet-Trioson; Duke of Luynes, William H. Riggs.
Seattle. Seattle Art Museum. "The Art of Chivalry: European Arms and Armor from The Metropolitan Museum of Art," March 11–June 6, 1982.

Denver. Denver Art Museum. "The Art of Chivalry: European Arms and Armor from The Metropolitan Museum of Art," July 18–October 10, 1982.

San Antonio. The Witte Memorial Museum. "The Art of Chivalry: European Arms and Armor from The Metropolitan Museum of Art," November 13, 1982–February 5, 1983.

Detroit. Detroit Institute of Arts. "The Art of Chivalry: European Arms and Armor from The Metropolitan Museum of Art," March 10, 1983–June 2, 1984.

San Francisco. de Young Museum, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. "The Art of Chivalry: European Arms and Armor from The Metropolitan Museum of Art," November 5, 1983–January 28, 1984.

Lenk, Torsten, Blanche Byrne, Jane Clark, Charles R. Beard, Leslie Southwick, Ian Eaves, John F. Hayward, Gordon T. Howard, and Walter J. Karcheski. The Journal of the Arms and Armour Society 2 (1956–1958). pp. 21–42.

Nickel, Helmut. Ullstein-Waffenbuch: Eine Kulturhistorische Waffenkunde Mit Markenverzeichnis. Berlin: Ullstein, 1974. p. 128, ill.



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