20 September 2007
A COMPOSITE ITALIAN BURGONET
The skull circa 1560, the cheek-pieces and etching 19th Century
With strongly formed skull of one-piece construction drawn up to a prominent cabled comb, a pointed peak and to a pointed neck guard, embossed about the base of the comb and over the brow with a single cabled band left and right, turned roped edges, fitted with a later pair of cheek-pieces, and decorated throughout with later etched granular panels of scrolling foliage and with a large mantled coat-of-arms on both sides of the skull.
Ralph Bernal, Christie's, March 5-29, 1855, lot 2536
Henry Griffith Keasbey, American Art Association, New York, December 5-6, 1924, lot 292
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The absence of tinctures precludes attribution of the arms beyond eight possible family names.
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