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A Pair of Wheel-Lock Pistols with Cartridge

unknown, probably Braunschweigc. 1570

Renaissance and Reformation. German Art in the Age of Dürer and Cranach

Renaissance and Reformation. German Art in the Age of Dürer and Cranach

This extraordinary set was probably produced in Braunschweig. The stocks of the pistols are all iron; the decorations depict antique soldiers, contemporary hunting scenes, Leda with the swan, and—as bottom plate—the coat of arms of the Electorate of Saxony. It may have been a gift from Duke Julius of Braunschweig-Wolfenbüttel to Elector Augustus. Herzog Julius’s son and successor, Heinrich Julius, married Dorothea, the daughter of Elector Augustus, in 1585.

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  • Title: A Pair of Wheel-Lock Pistols with Cartridge
  • Creator: unknown, probably Braunschweig
  • Date Created: c. 1570
  • Physical Dimensions: Pistol J 111: L (total): 53.3 cm, L (barrel): 32.2 cm, Diam (bore): 12.55 mm, Wt (total): 2,292 g, Pistol J 117: L (total): 54.8 cm, L (barrel): 32.9 cm, Diam (bore): 12.35 mm, Wt (total): 2,351 g. Cartridge Box: H: 13.6 cm, W (base): 7.58 cm, D (base): 6.88 cm, Wt: 276 g
  • Technique and Material: Pistols: Barrel, lock, and stock: iron with gold and silver inlay; mount: iron-plated; lock: partially gilded, partially bare; belt hook: bare; fittings: silver, partially cast, partially engraved; ramrod: bare / Cartridge Box: Body: wood, bottom lined with leather; plate iron blued, gold and silver inlay, edges and back silver-plated; inside: compartments for four cartridges, openwork brass plating
  • Provenance: First mentioned in the complete inventory of the Rüstkammer in 1606
  • Museum: Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Rüstkammer
  • Inv.-No.: J 111; J 117; X 1260
  • ISIL-No.: DE-MUS-845714
  • External Link: http://www.skd.museum/de/museen-institutionen/residenzschloss/ruestkammer/
  • Copyright: Photo © Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Rüstkammer/ Jürgen Lösel; Text © Renaissance and Reformation: German Art in the Age of Dürer and Cranach, A Cooperation of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, and the Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen München, Catalogue of the Exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Nov 20, 2016 – March 26, 2017, Munich: Prestel, 2016; cat. no. 53 / Gernot Klatte
  • Catalogue: https://prestelpublishing.randomhouse.de/book/Renaissance-and-Reformation/Stephanie-Buck/Prestel-com/e504919.rhd
  • Artist Dates: unknown
  • Artist Biography: unknown

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