Venetian Helmet. XVII Century.
Venetian manufactures. Collection of the Emperor Napoleon III. Defensive weapons. Helmet. Baroque period. XVII Siècle. Fabrique Vénitienne. Collection de l’Empereur Napoleon III. Armes Défensives. Casque.
This fine show, or state-helmet has a Venetian orign and was a part of the fine collection of arms of emperor Napoleon III. Its general shape is that of the Italian sallets in the XVth. century. The crest, showing the Venice lion springing out of a fortress, and the ornaments in the form of foliages, are in gilt bronze, from a full cast. The whole ornamentation, of a very decorative effect, is put upon a ground of red velvet and ornaments stands a shell of polished steel. No withour hesitation do we give to this caque the date of the ≈√⁄th century; on might perhaps bring it back up the end of the XVth., considering, the forward state of the Italian art at this epoch. Be it as it may, it is a fine work and of a grand style, wich it is possible to produce again, tha is true, but wich may still become a teaching to many a sculptor and historical painter.
To the gilt ornaments cut more value is given from this calculated opposition, and they moeover contribute to give the richness and eclat wich are the chief meri of the object.
Boabdil, last Moorish king helmet. 15th century Saracen weapon.
Helmet of Muhammad XII. Abu Abdallah 1459 – 1518? the last Moorish king, known to the Christian Spaniards of his time as Boabdil, also called el chico.
Renaissance helmet. XVI Century. Italian factory.
The Museum of Artillery, at Paris, is rich in arms of this kind, and it is no easy matter to make a choice amongst them.
Among the helmets of Italian workmanship those we give to day have struck us as remarkable in every respect. The helmet of most perfect workmanship, is of iron chased and „repoussé“ in round boss. The crest is formed of the prostrated body of a warrior armed in the roman style, and seized by the beard by two chimeras with moment`s bodies. These chimeras hold palms in their hands. A cartouch or escutcheon is seen on the point of the beaver. The helmet below is very different in form and somewhat less strange in decoration. Two figures holding cornucopia are the principal subject. Chiemerical ornaments accompany these figures. The whole rises from a niello ground (black mixture of copper, silver, and lead sulphides, used as an inlay on engraved or etched metal.) of interlaced ornaments.
XVI Siècle. Fabrique Italienne. Musée de l’Armée, a Paris. Casque en fer ciselé.