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Close Helmet for a Boy

Armorer:
Possibly attributed to Kolman Helmschmid (German, Augsburg 1471–1532)
Armorer:
Possibly attributed to Desiderius Helmschmid (German, Augsburg, 1513–1579)
Decorator:
Etching in the style of Daniel Hopfer (German, Kaufbeuren 1471–1536 Augsburg)
Date:
ca. 1530–40
Geography:
Augsburg
Culture:
German, Augsburg
Medium:
Steel, leather, copper alloy
Dimensions:
H. 11 in. (27.9 cm); W. 7 3/4 in. (19.7 cm); D. 11 in. (27.9 cm); Wt. 4 lb. 4 oz. (1921 g)
Classification:
Helmets
Credit Line:
Gift of William H. Riggs, 1913
Accession Number:
14.25.621
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 371
The form and decoration of this helmet relate closely to the late work of Kolman Helmschmid and early pieces by his son Desiderius, both leading armorers who worked for the Habsburg court. The etching is in the style of Daniel Hopfer (1470–1536), a prolific Augsburg printmaker and armor decorator.
William H. Riggs, Paris (until 1913; his gift to MMA).
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "European Helmets 1450–1650: Treasures from the Reserve Collection," January 25, 2000–May 13, 2002.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Bashford Dean and the Creation of the Arms and Armor Department," October 2, 2012–October 13, 2014.

Christie's, London. A Catalogue of ... Ancient Armour and Arms: Recently Received from Spain ... Slabs of Florentine Mosaic Tapestry ... Saxon Porcelain and a Few Pictures. London: Christie's, London, January 23, 1839. p. 15, lot 218.

"Carvings in Ivory, Hone Stone and Rock Crystal, Greek and Roman coins, Ancient Armour." In The Celebrated Fountaine Collection of Majolica, Henri II. Ware, Palissy Ware, Nevers Ware, Limoges Enamels. London: Christie's, London, June 16–19, 1884. lot 560.

Pyhrr, Stuart W. European Helmets, 1450–1650: Treasures from the Reserve Collection. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Jan 25, 2000 - Dec 30, 2000. pp. 4, 20, no. 27, ill.



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