Object Title

Culet

Culet

Date

1600

Object Number

II.360 E

Provenance

Purchased from H Ricketts, London, February 1984, with the aid of a public appeal and assistance from the National Art Collections Fund, National Heritage Memorial Fund and Sir Emmanuel Kaye. Formerly in the collection of Lord Astor of Hever Castle, purchased from the London dealer R Partridge in 1907, sold Sotheby's 5 May 1983 lot 47.

Physical Description

The culet is of three lames, the large upper lame angled to fit over the flange of the backplate, and the lower lames divided in two at the centre, and flaring down at either side. The upper lame is fitted with three gilt iron buckles with rollers, with rectangular notches in the edge above them to accommodate the straps from the backplate. Each side of the culet is internally leathered on three straps. The main edges are all inwardly turned and file roped, and are fitted with replacement picadills attached by lining rivets.


Each plate of the armour is etched and gilt with an overall design of interlacing eared snakes in vertical bands, joined by diagonally interlacing spindly foliage with occasional flowers, amongst which are perching predatory birds, flying parrots, various insects, including grasshoppers and dragonflies, snails (some winged), long eared squirrels and gambolling hares. The surface, though blackened with rust, appears as bright steel where protected. The borders, which accompany each turned edge, are etched with a simple scrolling foilage frieze on a hatched ground. The comb of the close helmet is etched with a more complex scrolling foliage frieze on a hatched ground. Both border types are all gilt, and are bordered on either side by plain gilt bands.

Dimensions

Dimensions: height 200 mm, width 440 mm Weight: backplate and culet 15 lb

Inscriptions and Marks

None

Associations

Places France