These small gauntlets belong to an armor for foot tournament made for the seven-year-old heir to the Spanish throne, the future Philip III (1578–1621, king from 1598). The decoration is typically Milanese, with bands of chiseled and gold-damascened trophy and grotesque ornament outlined with silver dots. A figure of Mars, god of war, is seen at the top of each cuff.
Ex. coll.: Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord, Duc de Dino, Paris.
London. Victoria and Albert Museum. "Special exhibition of works of art of the medieval, Renaissance, and more recent periods," 1862, no. 4625 (lent by Londesborough).
London. Alexandra Palace. "Londesborough Collection of Arms and Armour," 1875, no. 814.
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. 17, no. 260.
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Grancsay, Stephen V., and Stuart W. Pyhrr. Arms & Armor: Essays by Stephen V. Grancsay from the Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 1920–1964. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1986. p. 536, figs. 115.19–.20.
Christie's, London. Collection of Armour and Arms, Carvings in Ivory. London: Christie's, London, July 4–6 and July 9–11, 1888. p. 27, no. 297.