Burgonet, Steel, gold, copper alloy, French

Burgonet

Date:
ca. 1630
Culture:
French
Medium:
Steel, gold, copper alloy
Dimensions:
H. 14 in. (35.6 cm); W. 10 1/4 in. (26 cm); D. 12 5/8 in. (32.1 cm); Wt. 4 lb. 13 oz. (2190 g)
Classification:
Helmets
Credit Line:
Gift of William H. Riggs, 1913
Accession Number:
14.25.604
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 374
This is a rare, late example of French embossed armor. The gilt fleur-de-lis rivet heads along the edges, the fleur-de-lis plate at the apex of the bowl, and the laurel branches around the collar suggest it was made for Louis XIII of France (reigned 1610–43).
William H. Riggs, Paris (until 1913; his gift to MMA).
Paris. Palais du Trocadéro. "Exposition Universelle de 1878: L'Exposition Historique du Trocadéro," May 1–October 31, 1878.

Bréban, Philibert. Livret-guide du Visiteur à l'Exposition Historique du Trocadéro, edited by E. Dentu. Paris: Palais du Trocadéro, 1878. p. 72.

Thoumas, Charles-Antoine. Exposition Rétrospective Militaire du Ministère de la Guerre en 1889. Vol. I. Paris: H. Launette et Cie., G. Boudet successeur, 1890. p. 60, ill.

Dean, Bashford. Handbook of Arms and Armor: European and Oriental, Including the William H. Riggs Collection, the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York: Gilliss Press, January 1915. p. 71, pl. 33, lower right.

Société de l'Histoire de l'Art Français, Charles Maumené, and Louis d'Harcourt. "Iconographie des Rois de France." In Archives de l'Art Français: Recueil de Documents Inédits Relatifs à l'Histoire des Arts en France. Vol. XV. Paris: A. Colin, 1927–28. p. 252, no. 383 (a portrait of Louis XIII by Francois Pourbus, dated 1616, showing this helmet or an almost identical one).

Dean, Bashford, and Robert T. Nichol. Handbook of Arms and Armor, European and Oriental, edited by Stephen V. Grancsay. 4th ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, October 1930. p. 133, fig. 86.