Sallet alla Veneziana, Steel, copper alloy, gold, velvet, Italian

Sallet alla Veneziana

Date:
ca. 1470; gilt mounts, probably added early 16th century
Culture:
Italian
Medium:
Steel, copper alloy, gold, velvet
Dimensions:
H. 11 in. (27.94 cm); W. 8 5/16 in. (21.1 cm); D. 10 3/4 in. (27.3 cm); Wt. 8 lb. 1 oz. (3655 g)
Classification:
Helmets
Credit Line:
Bashford Dean Memorial Collection, Funds from various donors, 1929
Accession Number:
29.158.15
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 373
In the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, armor was frequently decorated using fabric coverings, gilt metal appliqués, and even jewels. Sallets covered with red velvet and decorated with gilt mounts were especially popular in Venice and continued to be worn in Venetian civic pageants well into the eighteenth century. The coat of arms at the brow of this example is that of the Capelli family.
Ex coll.: Zschille Cat. no. 60, pl. VIII
London. Imperial Institute. "Exhibition of Ancient Armour and Equipments of the Richard Zschille Collection," 1896, no. 16.

Seattle. Seattle Art Museum. "The Art of Chivalry: European Arms and Armor from The Metropolitan Museum of Art," March 11–June 6, 1982, no. 3.

Denver. Denver Art Museum. "The Art of Chivalry: European Arms and Armor from The Metropolitan Museum of Art," July 18–October 10, 1982, no. 3.

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. 3.

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. 3.

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. 3.

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Laking, Guy Francis, Charles Alexander Cosson, and Francis Henry Cripps-Day. A Record of European Armour and Arms Through Seven Centuries. Vol. II. London: G. Bell and Sons, 1920. pp. 8, 15 (similar helmuts ill.).

Christie, Manson & Woods. Collection of Arms & Armour. London: Christie, Manson & Woods, April 26–28, 1921. lot 67.

Granscay, S. V. "The Bashford Dean Memorial Collection of Arms and Armor." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, (April 1930), p. 88.

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. 25–27, no. 3, ill.