Pair of Wheellock Pistols, François Du Clos (French, Paris, recorded 1636–active ca. 1650), Steel, gold, brass, wood, silver, mother-of-pearl, French, Paris

Pair of Wheellock Pistols

Gunsmith:
François Du Clos (French, Paris, recorded 1636–active ca. 1650)
Engraver:
Gilt foliate decoration attributed to Thomas Picquot (French, Paris, recorded 1636–38)
Date:
ca. 1640
Geography:
Paris
Culture:
French, Paris
Medium:
Steel, gold, brass, wood, silver, mother-of-pearl
Dimensions:
04.3.192: L. 23 1/8 in. (58.7 cm); L. of barrel 15 1/2 in. (39.4 cm); Cal. .52 in. (13.2 mm); Wt. 2 lb. 3 oz. (992 g); 04.3.193: L. 23 1/4 in. (59.1 cm); L. of barrel 15 1/2 in. (39.4 cm); Cal. .53 in. (13.5 mm); Wt. 2 lb. 3 oz. (992 g)
Classification:
Firearms-Pistols-Wheellock
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1904
Accession Number:
04.3.192, .193
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 375
Du Clos was given lodgings in the Louvre in 1636. This honor was granted to select craftsmen in royal employ. The gilt foliate decoration on the metal parts of these pistols is attributed to the engraver Thomas Picquot, who shared Du Clos's atelier. Picquot published a firearms pattern book with similar designs in 1638.
Ex. coll.: Duc du Dino (K8).
Seattle. Seattle Art Museum. "The Art of Chivalry: European Arms and Armor from The Metropolitan Museum of Art," March 11–June 6, 1982, no. 99 (04.3.192 only).

Denver. Denver Art Museum. "The Art of Chivalry: European Arms and Armor from The Metropolitan Museum of Art," July 18–October 10, 1982, no. 99 (04.3.192 only).

San Antonio. The Witte Memorial Museum. "The Art of Chivalry: European Arms and Armor from The Metropolitan Museum of Art," November 13, 1982–February 5, 1983, no. 99 (04.3.192 only).

Minneapolis. Minneapolis Institute of Arts. "The Art of Chivalry: European Arms and Armor from The Metropolitan Museum of Art," May 24–July 31, 1983, no. 99 (04.3.192 only).

San Francisco. de Young Museum, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. "The Art of Chivalry: European Arms and Armor from The Metropolitan Museum of Art," November 5, 1983–January 28, 1984, no. 99 (04.3.192 only).

Detroit. Detroit Institute of Arts. "The Art of Chivalry: European Arms and Armor from The Metropolitan Museum of Art," March 10, 1984–June 2, 1984, no. 99 (04.3.192 only).

Cosson, Charles Alexander. Le Cabinet d'Armes de Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord, Duc de Dino. Paris: E. Rouveyre, 1901. no. K. 8.

Lenk, T. "Da Franska Hjullåsvapnen." Vaabenhistoriske Aarboger (1943), p. 18, fig. 9, ill.

Hayward, J. F. The Art of the Gunmaker 1500-1660. Vol. I. 2nd ed. London: Barrie and Rockliff, 1962. p. 289, pls. 37a and 37b (ill. and describes our pistols; dates them about 1635); p. 132 (on F. DuClos).

Gusler, Wallace B., and James D. Lavin. Decorated Firearms 1540–1870 from the Collection of Clay P. Bedford. Williamsburg, VA: Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, 1977. p. 18 (attributes our pistols by Du Clos to ca. 1650).

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Helmut Nickel, Stuart W. Pyhrr, Leonid Tarassuk, and American Federation of Arts. The Art of Chivalry: European Arms and Armor from the Metropolitan Museum of Art: An Exhibition. New York: The Federation, 1982. pp. 150–51, no. 99, ill.