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Designs for the Decoration of Firearms

Designer:
Workshop of Nicolas Noël Boutet (French, Versailles and Paris, 1761–1833)
Date:
ca. 1795–1805
Geography:
Versailles
Culture:
French, Versailles
Medium:
Pencil, ink, gray wash on paper
Dimensions:
various sizes, largest: 8 3/8 x 6 1/16 in. (21.2 x 15.3 cm); smallest: 1 x 5/8 in. (2.5 x 1.5 cm)
Classification:
Works on Paper-Drawings
Credit Line:
Purchase, Clay P. Bedford Gift, 2004
Accession Number:
2004.101.1–.72
Not on view
Nicholas-Noël Boutet (1761–1833) was director and chief designer of the imperial manufactory of arms at Versailles after the French Revolution and during the reign of Emperor Napoleon I. These drawings come from a group of seventy-two original designs for the decoration of deluxe firearms made under Boutet's direction. They are the only firearms designs from his workshop known to survive. In them we can see Boutet's innovative use of neoclassical motifs, which set the standard for firearms ornament across Europe at the time.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Arms and Armor: Notable Acquisitions 2003–2014," November 11, 2014–December 6, 2015.

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