Made by J.C.A. Brun, (active 1849-1872) / Double-Barrel Percussion Shotgun / 1866Made by J.C.A. Brun, (active 1849-1872)
Double-Barrel Percussion Shotgun

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Creator Name: Brun, J.C.A.
Creator Nationality: European; French
Creator Role: Maker
Creator Name-CRT: Made by J.C.A. Brun, (active 1849-1872)
Creator Name: Fannière Brothers
Creator Role: Designers and iron-chiselers
Creator Name-CRT: Designed by Fannières Brothers
Creator Name: Tissot, James
Creator Role: engraver
Creator Name-CRT: Engraved by Tissot
Title: Double-Barrel Percussion Shotgun
Title Type: Object name
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1866
Creation End Date: 1866
Creation Date: 1866
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Arms
Materials and Techniques: Steel, walnut, gold
Dimensions: L. 40 1/8 in. (112 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 1993.415
Credit Line: Purchase, The Sulzberger Foundattion Inc. Gift and Rogers Fund; Bashford Dean Memorial Collection, Funds from various donors,Gift of William H. Riggs, The Collection of Giovanni P. Morosini, presented by his daughter Giulia, and Gift of Charles M. Schott Jr., by exchange; and gifts and funds from various donors, 1993

The Second Empire (1852-70) marked the twilight of French gunmaking, which had dominated the design of European firearms since the seventeenth century. Parisian gunmakers consistently employed the finest contemporary designers, silversmiths, sculptors, and engravers to transform sporting arms into works of art.

This exquisitely decorated shotgun reflects the period's predilection for historical revivals, in this case the Louix XV style. Especially noteworthy is the harmonious combination of Rococo ornamental vocabulary and the blue and gold coloring on the barrels, which together evoke eighteenth-century taste. Exhibited by Brun at the Exposition Universelle of 1867, the gun is actually a collaborative work by several of the leading artists and craftsmen of the time: the damascus twist barrels are by Leopold Bernard; the overall design and the intricately chiseled steel mounts are by the silversmiths Auguste and Joseph Fannières; and the delicate engravings on the barrels and mounts, encrusted in two-color gold, are by the engraver Tissot.

AMICA ID: MMA_.1993.415
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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