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.
Ex. colls.: Sir Andrew Fontaine, Narford Hall, Norfolk, England; William H. Riggs, Paris
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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.
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