Percussion Exhibition Pistol

Signed by Gilles Michel Louis Moutier-Le Page French
Decorated by Antoine Vechte French
Barrel by Léopold Bernard French

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 375

Commissioned by the renowned Paris gunmaking firm of Le Page, these are the only known pistols executed by Antoine Vechte (1799–1868), a virtuoso silversmith, sculptor, and chiseler, who was famous in his day as the "nineteenth-century Cellini" in reference to the accomplished Renaissance artist Benvenuto Cellini. The pistols are unique in their all-steel construction and in the variety of highly original Renaissance-inspired figural ornament. Probably not finished when the companion pistol (acc. no. 2013.514.1) was shown at the French Industry Exhibition in Paris in 1849, this pistol appears to have been completed by Vechte in London, to which he had emigrated. It certainly was featured at the Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations in London in 1851, where Vechte received a prize medal for his collective achievements.

Percussion Exhibition Pistol, Signed by Gilles Michel Louis Moutier-Le Page (French,  1810–1887), Steel, gold, French

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