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Pair of Double-Barreled Flintlock Pistols

François-Alexander Chasteau (French, Paris, recorded 1741–84)
French, Paris
Steel, silver, gold, wood (walnut), whalebone
L. of each 14 3/8 in. (36.5 cm); Wt. of each 36 oz. (1030 g)
Credit Line:
Gift of Walter A. Eberstadt, 2002
Accession Number:
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.
Ex. coll.: Walter A. Eberstadt.
La Rocca, Donald J., and The University of Chicago Press. "Pattern Books by Gilles and Joseph Demarteau for Firearms Decoration in the French Rococo Style." Metropolitan Museum Journal 43 (2008). pp. 141–155, figs. 13, 14, 18, ill. (Only one of the pair is illustrated (2002.521.1).

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