Giovanni Battista Francino (Italian, Brescia, active second half of 17th century)
Steel, wood (walnut), wool
L. of each 19 1/16 in. (48.4 cm); L. of each barrel 12 9/16 in. (31.9 cm); Cal. of each .55 in. (13.9 mm); Wt. of each 1 lb. 13 oz. (822 g)
Gift of Stephen V. Grancsay, 1942
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 375
The pistols are inscribed in Latin Viena Liberata (Vienna liberated) and Buda Superata (Buda captured) in commemoration of the two major events, in 1683 and 1686, in the war between Austria and Turkey.
Inscription: Inscribed on the barrels: GIO. BATT. FRANCINO;
Inscribed in Latin on the barrel of 42.50.9: Viena Liberta (Vienna liberated); and on barrel of 42.50.10: Buda Superata (Buda conquered).
Marking: On the barrel of 42.50.10: a crown and the monogram of the Liechtenstein collection.
Ex. coll.: Prince Johann von und zu Liechtenstein, Vaduz; Clarence H. Mackay, Roslyn, Long Island, New York.
Artist: Pistols made and decorated by Giovan Antonio Gavacciolo (Italian, Brescia, active mid-17th century)Date: mid-17th centuryMedium: Steel, wood (walnut)Accession: 47.110.1, .2On view in:Gallery 375