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Helmet, Breastplate, and Backplate

Signed on the backplate by D. G. V. Lochorst (Flemish, possibly Antwerp, active ca. 1575)
ca. 1575
Antwerp, Antwerpen
Flemish, possibly Antwerp
Steel, leather, textile (velvet, wool)
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)
Armor for Man
Credit Line:
Gift of Christian A. Zabriskie, 1938
Accession Number:
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).
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.

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.

Paris. Musée de l'Armée. "Sous L'Égide de Mars: Armures des Princes d'Europe," March 16–June 26, 2011, no. 53.

Dean, Bashford. Notes on Arms and Armor. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1916.

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. 261–263, ill. pp. 264, no. 53.

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