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Hunting Sword of Prince Camillo Borghese (1775–1832)

Maker:
François Pirmet (French, Paris, recorded 1779–1818)
Goldsmith:
Antoine-Modeste Fournera (French, Paris, documented 1806–17)
Date:
1809–13
Geography:
Paris
Culture:
French, Paris
Medium:
Silver-gilt, steel, leather, mother-of-pearl
Dimensions:
L. with scabbard 27 in. (68.6 cm); L. without scabbard 25 7/16 in. (64.6 cm); L. of blade 19 3/4 in. (50.2 cm); W. 4 5/8 in. (11.7 cm); Wt. with scabbard 1 lb. 10 oz. (737 g)
Classification:
Swords-Hunting
Credit Line:
Purchase, The Sulzberger Foundation, Inc. and David G. Alexander Gifts, and Bequest of Stephen V. Grancsay, by exchange, 1982
Accession Number:
1982.136
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 375
In addition to the traditional hunting motifs, the decoration includes (on the back of the guard) the monogram of Camillo Borghese (1775–1832), Napoléon's brother-in-law, who served the French cause in Italy. The scabbard is engraved with Pirmet's name and his title, "gunmaker to His Majesty, the King of Westphalia," in reference to Napoleon's brother Jérôme Bonaparte.
Ex. Coll.: Borghese, Rome; Frederick Gallatin; Albert Gallatin; James P. Gallatin.
Douet, S.P. Tableau des symboles de l'orfevrerie de Paris. Vol. 1. Paris: Chez L'Auteur, 1806. p. 47, no. 922 (Fournera, Antoine-Modeste, fourbisseur..gardes d'epées, de sabres, etc....un rat...A.F. rue Perpignan, n. 8. 9e arr.).

Douet, S.P. Tableau des symboles de l'orfévrerie de Paris. Vol. 2. Paris: Chez L'Auteur, 1809. p. 46, no 1088.

Grancsay, Stephen V., Thomas T. Hopes, George C. Stone, and Fred G. Blakeslee. [Boxed Set Containing "Brief Essays on Armor and Arms," Nos. 1–4 and a Series of 17 Pamphlets of Photographs of Arms and Armor in Members' Collections, Nos. 1–85]. New York: Armor and Arms Club, 1925. nos. 36-40, no. 4, ill.

Dean, Bashford. Catalogue of European Court Swords and Hunting Swords: Including the Ellis, De Dino, Riggs, and Reubell Collections. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1929. p. 83, no. 42, plate CI.

Grancsay, Stephen V. Loan Exhibition of European Arms and Armor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, August 3 to September 27, 1931. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1931. pp. 42–43, no. 153, ill.

Pyhrr, Stuart W., and Helmut Nickel. Notable Acquisitions (1982), p. 27, ill.

Wallace Collection and A.V.B. Norman. European Arms and Armour Supplement. Wallace Collection Catalogues. London: Printed for the Trustees by Balding + Mansell, 1986. p. 272 (Pirmet a Paris mentioned).

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