Flintlock Gun

Barrelsmith Le Faure French
Gunsmith Mollier French

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 375

This slender and elegant gun represents the great refinement of form, design, and function achieved by French gunmakers in the eighteenth century and emulated across Europe. The delicate silver wire inlays of its stock are based on French pattern books from 1705, while the carved and chiseled ornament of the stock, lock, and other fittings shows a wide range of Rococo motifs drawn from designs published as late as the 1740s.

Flintlock Gun, Le Faure (French, Paris, active ca. 1750–90), Steel, gold, wood (walnut), silver, French, Paris

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Overall view, obverse