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Helmet, Breastplate, and Backplate

Armorer:
Signed on the backplate by D. G. V. Lochorst (Flemish, possibly Antwerp, active ca. 1575)
Date:
ca. 1575
Geography:
Antwerp, Antwerpen
Culture:
Flemish, possibly Antwerp
Medium:
Steel, leather, textile (velvet, wool)
Dimensions:
H. as mounted 30 1/4 in. (36.8 cm); Wt. 12 lb. 3 oz. (5529 g); helmet (a): H. 15 1/2 in. (39.37 cm); Wt. 3 lb. 12 oz. (1695 g); breastplate (b): H. 18 1/2 in. (47.0 cm); W. 12 in. (30.5 cm); Wt. 4 lb. 9 oz. (2073 g); backplate (c): H. 15 in. (38.1 cm); W. 12 in. (30.5 cm); Wt. 3 lb. 14 oz. (1765 g)
Classification:
Armor for Man
Credit Line:
Gift of Christian A. Zabriskie, 1938
Accession Number:
38.137a–c
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 374
Although inspired by French examples, the ornament of this armor is distinctly Flemish. This is the only recorded work by Lochorst, possibly a goldsmith rather than an armorer, whose signature is found on the backplate.
Signature: Signed on the backplate: D G V LOCHORST FECIT.

Inscription: Inscribed on the right cheek-piece of the cabasset, within a shield amid a trophy of arms: D G (which recur as part of the signature on the backplate).
William Randolph Hearst, New York City (until 1938; sold through Parish-Watson & Co. to MMA).
Paris. Palais de la Présidence du Corps Législatif. "Notice sommaire des objets d'art exposées dans le Palais de la Présidence du Corps Législatif," April 23, 1874–1874.

Los Angeles. Los Angeles County Museum of Art. "Loan Exhibition of Mediaeval and Renaissance Arms and Armor from the Metropolitan Museum of Art," January 15–March 18, 1953.

Los Angeles. Los Angeles County Museum of Art. "Medieval and Renaissance Arms and Armor," January 15, 1953–March 18, 1953, no. 9.

San Francisco. California Palace of the Legion of Honor, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. "Loan Exhibition of Mediaeval and Renaissance Arms and Armor from the Metropolitan Museum of Art," April 18–June 7, 1953.

San Francisco. Legion of Honor, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. "Medieval and Renaissance Arms and Armor," April 18, 1953–June 7, 1953.

Pittsburgh. Department of Fine Arts, Carnegie Institute. "Medieval and Renaissance Arms and Armor," October, 1953—April, 1954, no. 9.

Laarne. Chateau de Laarne. "Anciennes conservées dans les collections privées belges," September 1968–November 1968.

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Lenoir, Alexandre. Recueil de Gravures pour Servir a l'Histoire des arts en France: Prouvée par les Monumens. Paris: Musée National des Monuments Français, 1811. pls. CXXXIII–CXXXVI (breastplate).

Robins, George. Ancient Arms and Armour. London: George Robins, March 19–22, 1834. no. 502.

Société de Protection des Alsaciens et Lorrains Demeurés Français. Notice Sommaire Des Objets D'art: Exposés Dans Le Palais De La Présidence Du Corps Législatif, Le 23 Avr. 1874, Au Profit Des Alsaciens-Lorrains En Algérie. Paris: J. Glaye, 1874. p. 35 (vitrine 17).

Forrer, Robert. Die Waffensammlung Des Herrn Stadtrath Rich. Zschille in Grossenhain (Sachsen). Berlin: E. Mertens, 1894. p. 9, no. 176, pl. 81 (a similar breastplate).

Guérinet, Armand. Le Château Historique de Dampierre: Reproductions en Phototypie; Intérieurs des Appartements de Réception, Détails de Sculpture Ornementale, Mobilier Historique, Peintures, Statues, Cheminées, Bronzes d'Art, Etc., Etc.. Paris: Armand Guérinet, 1905. pls. 9, 22 (portrait of a cavalier, shown wearing this cuirass?).

Grancsay, Stephen V. "A Gift of Embossed Armor." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 34, no. 4 (April 1939). pp. 84–88, figs. 1–2.

Grancsay, Stephen V. Loan Exhibition of Mediaeval and Renaissance Arms and Armor from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Los Angeles: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1953. p. 10, no. 9, ill. (breastplate ill.).

Scaldis Tentoonstelling: Oude Kunst En Cultuur Hedendaagse Kunst Economie : Catalogus, Stedelijke Feestzaal & Provinciaal Veiligheitsinstituut Van 20 Juli Tot 9 September 1956. Antwerp, 1956. no. 1036 (cuirass).

Grancsay, Stephen V. "The New Galleries of European Arms and Armor." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 14, no. 9 (May 1956). p. 219, ill. (cuirass).

Grancsay, Stephen V. "Royal Armorers: Antwerp or Paris?." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 18, no. 1 (Summer 1959). pp. 6–7, ill.

Gaier, Claude. "Une Application Nouvelle d'Archéométrie: Le Plastron de Cuirasse en fer Repoussé du Musée d'Armes de Liège." Le Musée d'Armes: [bulletin] no. 87 (1997). pp. 1–27, ill.

Renaudeau, Olivier, Jean-Pierre Reverseau, Musée de l'Armée, and Jean-Paul Sage-Frénay. "Armures des Princes d'Europe." In Sous l'Égide de Mars. Paris: Éditions Nicolas Chaudun, 2010. pp. 261–64, no. 53, ill.



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