Collar Plate for a Helmet of Henry III of France (1551–1589)
French, probably Paris
H. 6 in. (15 cm); W. 10 1/4 (25.9 cm); D. 5 in. (12.7 cm); Wt. 5.5 oz. (155.9 g)
Gift of Prescott R. Andrews Jr., 1999
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 374
This collar plate belongs to a helmet (now in the Musée de l'Armée, Paris) that was made for the future Henry III of France (reigned 1574–89). The grotesque decoration in low relief is similar to that on the armor of Henry II of France also in the Metropolitan Museum's collection (acc. no. 39.121a–n).
Ex. colls.: Prince Radziwill, Nieswicz Castle, Lithuania; Stephen V. Grancsay, Brooklyn.
Arms and Armor: Notable Acquisitions 1991-2002. New York, September 4, 2002–June, 29 2003. p. 13, no. 7, ill.and fig. 3 (detail).
Artist: Part of the decoration design by Jean Cousin the Elder (French, Souci (?) ca. 1490–ca. 1560 Paris (?))Date: ca. 1555Medium: Steel, gold, silver, leather, textileAccession: 39.121a–nOn view in:Gallery 374