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Armor of Infante Luis, Prince of Asturias

Drouardated 1712

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Possibly the last royal armor made in Europe, this is believed to have been presented to the five-year-old Infante Luis (1707–1724), prince of Asturias, by his great-grandfather Louis XIV of France (1638–1715, reigned from 1643). Luis was the first Spanish-born Bourbon heir to the throne of Spain and ruled briefly as Luis I in 1724. The armor is signed and dated on the backplate Drouar Ordinaire du Roi aux Heaume à Paris 1712 (Drouar, armorer-in-ordinary to the king, at the sign of the helm in Paris, 1712). The signature may refer to André Drouart, a royal armorer recorded from 1674 to 1688. Drouart must have been one of the last armorers active in France by 1712. Remarkable for its state of preservation, the armor retains its lustrous blue and gold surfaces and nearly all its original red-silk lining. The gilt rivet heads are of heraldic design––the lion of León, the castle of Castile, and the fleur-de-lis of France––representing the dynastic claims to which Luis was heir.

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Details

  • Title: Armor of Infante Luis, Prince of Asturias
  • Date Created: dated 1712
  • Physical Dimensions: h711.2 mm
  • Type: Armor for Child
  • External Link: MMA
  • Medium: Steel, blued and gilt; gilt brass; silk; cotton; metallic yarn; paper
  • Medium Extent: Complete
  • Inscription Extent: Complete
  • Inscription: Inscribed: Drouar Ordinaire du Roi aux Heaume a Paris 1712
  • Culture: French, Paris
  • Credit Line Extent: Complete
  • Credit Line: Purchase, Armand Hammer, Occidental Petroleum Corporation Gift, 1989
  • Armorer/Maker: Drouar (French, Paris (possibly André Drouart, recorded 1674–88))

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