François-Alexander Chasteau (French, Paris, recorded 1741–84)
Steel, silver, gold, wood (walnut), whalebone
L. of each 14 3/8 in. (36.5 cm); Wt. of each 36 oz. (1030 g)
Gift of Walter A. Eberstadt, 2002
2002.521.1a, b, .2a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 375
Pistols with side-by-side barrels became popular in England and France in the second half of the eighteenth century. This luxuriously decorated French pair exhibits the fashionable Rococo taste for asymmetry and whimsy in its elaborate parcel-gilt silver mounts and silver-wire inlay.