Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Double-Barreled Flintlock Shotgun

Gunsmith:
François Pirmet (French, Paris, recorded 1779–1818)
Barrelsmith:
Jean Le Clerc (French, Paris, recorded 1807–10)
Date:
dated 1809
Geography:
Paris
Culture:
French, Paris
Medium:
Steel, wood (walnut), silver, gold
Dimensions:
L. 48 in. (121.9 cm); L. of barrel 32 1/2 in. (82.6 cm); L. of lock 5 1/4 in. (13.3 cm); Cal. .59 in. (15.1 mm); Wt. 6 lb. 10 oz. (3000 g)
Classification:
Firearms
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1927
Accession Number:
27.203
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 375
Pirmet was gunmaker to Jérôme Bonaparte (1784–1860), Napoleon's brother, who ruled as king of Westphalia from 1807 to 1813.
Signature: Signed twice on the lock in script: Pirmet à Paris 1809 (Pirmet in Paris, 1809).

Inscription: Inscribed on the barrel in script: W (for the recipient) and N (for Napoleon);

On the ram-rod: ILC (probably Jean Le Clerc).

Marking: Marked on the end of the butt: a cock in reserve with beveled corners, flanked by an A on the right), and an I on the left (assay mark, 1798–1809); a head of an old man, in a circle, flanked by the numbers 8 and 5 (second assay mark, 1798–1809); a lozenge with a laurel spray and the letter F to the left; a crowned head of a woman, three-quarters face, in a circle;

On the tongue attaching the trigger guard: the two assay marks described above;

On the base of each barrel: crossed laurel brances enclosing a fleur-de-lis, within an oval; to the right and left of the intersection, an L and a C (Jean Le Clerc).

On one barrel: 1809; and on the second barrel: 217.
Ex. coll.: Wierzbicki.
Los Angeles. Los Angeles County Museum of Art. "Loan Exhibition of Mediaeval and Renaissance Arms and Armor from the Metropolitan Museum of Art," January 15–March 18, 1953.

Los Angeles. Los Angeles County Museum of Art. "Loan Exhibition of Medieval and Renaissance Arms and Armor from the Metropolitan Museum of Art," January 15–March 18, 1953, no. 126.

San Francisco. California Palace of the Legion of Honor, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. "Loan Exhibition of Mediaeval and Renaissance Arms and Armor from the Metropolitan Museum of Art," April 18–June 7, 1953.

San Francisco. Legion of Honor, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. "Loan Exhibition of Medieval and Renaissance Arms and Armor from the Metropolitan Museum of Art," April 18, 1953–June 7, 1953, no. 126.

Pittsburgh. Department of Fine Arts, Carnegie Institute. "Loan Exhibition of Medieval and Renaissance Arms and Armor from the Metropolitan Museum of Art," October, 1953–April, 1954, no. 126.

Amis du Musée d'Armes de Liège. Musée d'Armes de Liège:: Collection Pierre Solway. Liège: Amis du Musée d'Armes de Liège, p. 76, no. 5, ill. (another double-barreled shotgun by Pirmet).

Grancsay, Stephen V. "A Presentation Fowling Piece." MMA Bulletin 23, no. 10 (October 1928). pp. 246–249, figs. 1–5, ill.

Grancsay, Stephen V. Loan Exhibition of Mediaeval and Renaissance Arms and Armor from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Los Angeles: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1953. p.31, no. 126, ill.

Credland, Arthur G. "Some Hunting Weapons at Forde Abbey." The Journal of the Arms & Armour Society 9, no.2 (December 1977). pp. 67–82.

Howard, Gordon T., and The Arms and Armour Society. "Pirmet a Paris." The Journal of the Arms and Armour Society 9, no. 5 (June 1979). pp. 195–197.

Arminjon, Catherine, James Beaupuis, and Michèle Bilimoff. Dictionnaire des poinçons de fabricants d'ouvrages d'or et d'argent de Paris et de la Seine, 1798-1838. Vol. 1. Paris: Imprimerie Nationale, 1991. p. 47, mark no. 01214, ill.

Richardson, Thom. "H.R. Robinson's Dutch Armour of the 17th Century." Journal of the Arms and Armour Society XIII, no. 4 (March 1991).



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