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Album Page with Designs for Floral Ornament and Two Gunlocks

18th century
French or Italian
Pen, black and blue ink, blue wash on paper
7 1/2 x 5 1/8 in. (19 x 13 cm)
Works on Paper-Drawings
Credit Line:
Purchase, Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Gift, 2011
Accession Number:
Not on view
Featuring two original designs of gunlocks, this page probably comes from an album or scrapbook compiled either by a craftsman for personal reference or by a collector interested in styles of ornament. Intended to be made in chiseled steel, the lock designs demonstrate the playful and inventive use of late baroque and rococo ornament that characterize the most beautiful firearms of the eighteenth century.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Arms and Armor: Notable Acquisitions 2003–2014," November 11, 2014–December 6, 2015.

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