Made by Johan Adolph Grecke / Pair of Flintlock Pistols of Empress Catherine the Great / 1786Made by Johan Adolph Grecke
Pair of Flintlock Pistols of Empress Catherine the Great

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Creator Name: Grecke, Johan Adolph
Creator Nationality: European; Eastern European; Russian
Creator Role: Maker
Creator Dates/Places: recorded 1755-1790
Creator Name-CRT: Made by Johan Adolph Grecke
Title: Pair of Flintlock Pistols of Empress Catherine the Great
Title Type: Objectname
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1786
Creation End Date: 1786
Creation Date: 1786
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Arms
Materials and Techniques: Steel, ivory, gold, brass
Dimensions: L. 14 1/2 in. (36.2 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 1986.265.1,2
Credit Line: Gift of John M. Schiff, 1986

These pistols are part of a deluxe garniture of ivory-stocked hunting arms made for Empress Catherine the Great (r. 1762-96), whose initial ('E' for Ekaterine) is on the grip escutcheons. The garniture, which originally consisted of these pistols, a fowling piece dated 1786 (National Museum, Warsaw), and a rifle (whereabouts unknown), was later given to her favorite, Prince Stanislas August Poniatowski (1732-1798), whom she backed as king of Poland (r. 1763-95). Firearms with ivory stocks, generally out of fashion in western Europe by the eighteenth century, became a favorite in the ostentatious Russian court during the last quarter of the century.

AMICA ID: MMA_.1986.265.1,2
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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