Double-Barreled Flintlock Shotgun

Gunsmith Nicolas Noël Boutet French

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 375

This is one of the most restrained but sophisticated examples of Boutet's work. The Classical ornament on the barrels and silver mounts is in the Empire style, whereas the bright steel locks, chiseled in relief with a gilt background, recall an earlier eighteenth-century tradition of firearms ornament. The walnut stock, sparingly decorated, is inlaid with ebony and gilt mounts, as also was found on French Empire furniture.

Double-Barreled Flintlock Shotgun, Nicolas Noël Boutet (French, Versailles and Paris, 1761–1833), Steel, wood (walnut, ebony), gold, silver, French, Versailles

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