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Object Title

Flintlock muzzle-loading sporting gun - By Bertrand Piraube

Flintlock muzzle-loading sporting gun - By Bertrand Piraube

Date

about 1685

Object Number

XII.1690

Provenance

From the collection of the Duke of Richmond and Lennox. Acquired Christie's sale 31 March 1958, lot 167. Purchased with the assistance of the National Art Collection Fund

Physical Description

Barrel silver, octagonal at the breech where it is engraved with foliage and at the base chased with a figure of Mars standing under a canopy. Large backsight of ring form slipping into position over the barrel, pierced and chased with foliage and masks. Forward of the backsight a sighting rib engraved with a pellet motif extends to the foresight. Lock with rounded lockplate and cock finely chiselled with figures of Mars in a chariot drawn by lions, Jupiter astride an eagle and, on the cock, Fama. The upper jaw and jaw screw are restorations. Silver mounts, originally gilt, the butt-plate chased with the figure of a victorious general in Roman armour, the screw-plate chased with a figure, possibly intended for Apollo, in a chariot drawn by four horses; the escutcheon plate and the bow of the trigger-guard have classical heads. The stock is decorated with inlays of engraved silver and with scroll-work in fine silver wire. On either side of the butt is an oval medallion engraved with a camp scene surmounted by the Sun God in his chariot holding a sceptre topped by a fleur-de-lys, other inlays taking the form of classical figures, masks and grotesques.

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Techniques

Engraved

Materials

Dimensions

BarrelLength42 in.
BarrelLength1067 mm
OverallLength57 in.
OverallLength1448 mm
OverallWeight3.23 kg
OverallWeight7.13 lb

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number None visible

Calibre

.580 in

Inscriptions and Marks

Maker
PIRAVBE AVX GALLERIES
Tail of lockplate
Engraved

Associations

Notes

By tradition a gift from Louis XIV of France to Charles Lennox, 1st Duke of Richmond and Lennox (1672-1723) natural and illegitimate son of Charles II by Louise de Keroualle, Duchess of Portsmouth.

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Thumbnail image of Flintlock muzzle-loading sporting gun - By Bertrand Piraube Of fine quality
Thumbnail image of Flintlock muzzle-loading sporting gun - By Bertrand Piraube Of fine quality
Thumbnail image of Flintlock muzzle-loading sporting gun - By Bertrand Piraube Of fine quality
Thumbnail image of Flintlock muzzle-loading sporting gun - By Bertrand Piraube Of fine quality
Thumbnail image of Flintlock muzzle-loading sporting gun - By Bertrand Piraube Of fine quality
Thumbnail image of Flintlock muzzle-loading sporting gun - By Bertrand Piraube Of fine quality
Thumbnail image of Flintlock muzzle-loading sporting gun - By Bertrand Piraube Of fine quality
Thumbnail image of Flintlock muzzle-loading sporting gun - By Bertrand Piraube Of fine quality
Thumbnail image of Flintlock muzzle-loading sporting gun - By Bertrand Piraube Of fine quality
Thumbnail image of Flintlock muzzle-loading sporting gun - By Bertrand Piraube Of fine quality
Thumbnail image of Flintlock muzzle-loading sporting gun - By Bertrand Piraube Of fine quality
Thumbnail image of Flintlock muzzle-loading sporting gun - By Bertrand Piraube Of fine quality
Thumbnail image of Flintlock muzzle-loading sporting gun - By Bertrand Piraube Of fine quality
Thumbnail image of Flintlock muzzle-loading sporting gun - By Bertrand Piraube Of fine quality
Thumbnail image of Flintlock muzzle-loading sporting gun - By Bertrand Piraube Of fine quality
Thumbnail image of Flintlock sporting gun XII.1690
Thumbnail image of Flintlock sporting gun XII.1690
Thumbnail image of Flintlock sporting gun XII.1690
Thumbnail image of Flintlock muzzle-loading sporting gun - By Bertrand Piraube Of fine quality
Thumbnail image of Flintlock sporting gun XII.1690
Thumbnail image of Flintlock sporting gun XII.1690