This helmet is one of a series thought to have been made for the guard of Pier Luigi Farnese (1503–1547), who ruled as duke of Parma and Piacenza from 1545 to 1547. The raised fleur-de-lis on either side refers to the Farnese coat of arms (six blue fleurs-de-lis on a gold ground).
Ex. coll.: Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord, duc de Dino, Paris.
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