Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Flintlock Rifle

Date:
ca. 1800
Geography:
Versailles
Culture:
French, Versailles
Medium:
Steel, gold, silver, wood (walnut)
Dimensions:
L. 40 1/2 in. (102.9 cm); Cal. .60 in. (15.2 mm); Wt. 5 lb. 15 oz. (2693 g)
Classification:
Firearms-Guns-Flintlock
Credit Line:
The Collection of Giovanni P. Morosini, presented by his daughter Giulia, 1932
Accession Number:
32.75.107
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 375
This rifle is distinguished by the sparing but bold decoration of its stock, featuring engraved silver inlay and a mythological creature carved in the round.
Signature: Signed on the lock: Boutet Directeur Artiste;

On the barrel in cartouche: Boutet Directeur Artiste, Manufacture à Versailles;

Near the breech, within a rectangle: BOUTET.

Marking: Hallmarks: (1) octagon containing cock with number 1 to the left (official assay mark -- poinçon de titre -- denoting first standard silver (0.95) for the period 1798-1809);

(2) oval containing number 88 separated by the head of an old man (excise mark -- poinçon de garantie -- used in Seine-Inférieure Département for large-sized work during the perod 1798-1809);

(3) lozenge containing initials JM separated by a pellet, five pointed star above, seven pellets below in form of a grape cluster (silversmith's mark, unidentified).

Marks:
Lock (interior): B;

Barrel (top, marks within lozenges): BC LC NB (letters intertwined); (beneath):
DB surrounded by wreath; B (near touchhole) BLY N° 1; N° 35; Pour Brouilly;

Triggerguard: Hallmarks 1 and 2; Brouilly; B;

Rear side-plate (inside, in script): Leon Fletcher; B;

Forward side-plate (inside): B;

Butt plate (inside): hallmarks 1,2 and 3; Brouilly; B;

Mermaid mount in front of triggerguard (inside): Brouilly; B;

Ram's head mount (inside): Brouilly; B;

Ramrod pipes (inside): each with respective assembly marks in form of notches 1, 11, 111;

Rearmost ramrod pipe (inside): Brouilly; B; hallmark 2;

Trigger mechanism (inside): B.
Ex. coll.: Giovanni P. Morosini.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art. "Medieval and Renaissance Arms and Armor, loan exhibtion from MMA," January 15–March 18, 1953.

Hagerstown. Washington County Museum of Fine Arts. "Medieval and Renaissance Arms and Armor, loan exhibtion from MMA," February 27–March 31, 1955.

Newark. Newark Museum Association. "Medieval and Renaissance Arms and Armor, loan exhibtion from MMA," May 15–September 15, 1955.

Seattle. Seattle Art Museum. "The Art of Chivalry: European Arms and Armor from The Metropolitan Museum of Art," March 11–June 6, 1982.

Seattle. Seattle Art Museum. "The Art of Chivalry: European Arms and Armor," March 11, 1982–June 6, 1982, no. 114.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Art of Chivalry: European Arms and Armor," March 18–June, 1982, no. 114.

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

Denver. Denver Art Museum. "The Art of Chivalry: European Arms and Armor," July 18–October 10, 1982, no. 114.

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.

San Antonio. San Antonio Museum of Art. "The Art of Chivalry: European Arms and Armor," November 13, 1982–February 5, 1983, no. 114.

Minneapolis. Minneapolis Institute of Arts. "The Art of Chivalry: European Arms and Armor from The Metropolitan Museum of Art," May 24–July 31, 1983.

Minneapolis. Minneapolis Institute of Arts. "The Art of Chivalry: European Arms and Armor," May 24–July 31, 1983, no. 114.

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Detroit. Detroit Institute of Arts. "The Art of Chivalry: European Arms and Armor," April 4–June 17, 1984, no. 114.

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