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Anonymous (French)


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ca. 1560


Of bright steel, consisting of an armet attached to the turnover of the gorget, the breastplate beautifully moulded, of peascod shape with a slight tapul, is decorated with an etched ornament in the form of a cross suspended by a chain, the points of the cross terminating in a fleur-de-lys originally gilt, the waist escalloped and enriched with brass studs, attached by turning pins is the tace to which are buckled the tassets. The upper defences are laminated in a contrary direction to the usual manner, elbow cops, vam braces, pointed cuff gauntlets, cuisses, knee cops, jambs and bear-paw sollerets. Although of a composite construction all the parts are more or less contemporary.

Provenance: Purchased by William Randolph Hearst from Morgan S. Williams Sale, Christie, Manson and Woods, April 26 - 28, 1921, through Duveen Brothers, London, May 23, 1921.


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Photograph, William Randolph Hearst Archive, S/B lot 623, art #4, Album 6, p. 5


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