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Gun with Flintlock a la moda

Gunsmith:
Gabriel de Algora (Spanish, Madrid, documented 1733–died 1761)
Date:
dated 1744
Geography:
Madrid
Culture:
Spanish, Madrid
Medium:
Steel, gold, wood
Dimensions:
L. of barrel 38 3/4 in. (98.4 cm)
Classification:
Firearms
Credit Line:
Purchase, Gifts of George D. Pratt, Charles M. Schott Jr., and Bashford Dean, and Bashford Dean Memorial Collection, Funds from various donors, by exchange, 1987
Accession Number:
1987.397
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 375
One of Algora's masterpieces, this hunting gun is decorated with figures from Classical mythology chiseled in bright steel against a matte gold ground in the French style.
Inscription: Inscribed in gold on the barrel: ALGORA EN MADRID (Algora in Madrid);

On the lower edge of the lock: GABRIEL ALGORA EN MADRID 1744 (Gabriel Algora in Madrid, 1744).

Marking: Marked on the barrel: G.EL ALGO RA (Gabriel Algora) within a cartouche beneath a crown; a running stag with the letter A, within a rectangle; and a crowned head, en face, four times;

On the stock, stamped in one line at the trigger's front tang on the underside of the butt: a six-spoke wheel and two fleur-de-lis (probably stockmaker's marks).
Ex. coll.: Charles Draeger.
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